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Old 02-02-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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Coffee and PVC's

My last 24 hours has had its ups and downs.

For three months everyday every hour I have been dealing with Ectopic beats, PVC's, etc. Some time are much more and worse than others.

Yesterday was shocking double beats nearly all day, non stop, freaked me out, never happened like that before.

I then hit the health forums in some vain hope to find a miracle cure, something simple, and came across a couple of mentions how some people have stopped their PVC's to a large degree with coffee, especially those who have evening attacks of double beats. having a coffee between 4-7pm

Now hear me out on this and I tell you what has happened so far.

One morning three months ago I felt some skipped beats, freaked out, went to doctor, all were harmless, had tests, specialist appointment, etc, etc, etc.

From the time it happen I had cut out coffee cold turkey (I was a heavy coffee drinker), all soft drinks gone, (not that I used to drink much, but I did have some in the fridge that went nice with ice on hot days.)

I was always craving a coffee, and got decaf coffee as a result, I could never get through more than half a cup cause it did not satisfy me.

And ever since cutting out all this bad stuff they tell you to cut out I have had symptoms that go up and down, in and out, yada yada yada. Never stopped really being irregular. Although I had some good times.

So come yesterday at the end of my tether, as I posted another topic "What is this beat" and thanks to the gentleman who responded.

So I read somehwere some doctor said coffee was helping some people and thought, bugger it, time to hit the old faithful again and see what happens. I expected things to get worse, bracing myself for major off beats and palpitations, but thought, well I am already feeling stressed and terrible. If I bugger myself I will brace and live through it.

But the funniest thing happened, within 30 minutes my heart was regular and steady, and for nearly 24 hours now (knock on wood.) I have hardly had any type of irregular or off beat whatsoever. And even mentality feel mostly calm.

I just don't know what to think. I had a morning coffee and even sitting here writing this, getting up from bed, where I would usually get skipped beats, I have nothing.

I am trying to think back when all this started how long I went without having a coffee from the morning I picked up my strange off beats. I honestly cannot remember.

So I am gonna stick to a coffee in the morning and evening and see what happens.

I read with PVC's you can have a sensitive heart where some bad cells just want to misfire causing PVC's etc especially during slower rest periods. And that caffeine can stimulate those cells seeking attention and stop them from going off. And especially when most of my worse irregular beats happen during rest that all rang a bell.

I know everyone lays off coffee, as you are told its one of the first things you do, but has anyone ever got back on it and seen if it made a difference?

 
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Re: Coffee and PVC's

FYI, Just on this I was a 3-5 a day coffee drinker some day maybe a couple more. Usually cafe or ones made from my Machine I have at home. So it was flat whites and Cappuccino's pretty much all the time. I never had sugar I always used artificial sweeteners.

For the past 24 hours though it been plain instant.

Maybe cold turkey was a mistake and I have a coffee addiction. I am pretty sure I went through withdraws.

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Old 02-03-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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Re: Coffee and PVC's

My husband has had problems for several years with arrythmia (he was never diagnosed with what type, but he could definitely feel it) He also has a coffee addiction and has found that caffeine has no effect on his problem - he usually drinks 2-3 cups a day (with no sugar). A friend who also has arrythmia, who has had two ablations done, says that either coffee or alcohol will set hers off. My husband also has no problem with a beer or a glass of wine setting his off. The one thing he has noticed is that if he has too many carbs at once it will set it off (i.e. a pasta dinner followed by a dessert is not a good idea). I think it's one of those things where different people will have different triggers and you have to figure out what works and doesn't for your body.

 
Old 02-03-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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Re: Coffee and PVC's

Thanks JoannaMV for the reply, an update

I am now in Day 2 of having a coffee in the morning, midday, and early evening and my PVC beats, skipped, double are like 98% gone.

I mean here is a person who for nearly three months, every minute of every hour of every day when ever I felt my pulse usually came across something beating out of time.

Even my triggers of getting up, sitting down, lying down, going for a long walk and 30 minute or so after stopping something would kick into action and make them beat off again during rest.

But now really nothing.

One of two things happen, they either decided to go away within 30 minutes of me starting to have some caffeine (coffee) again, and it was just timing. Or the coffee had something to do with it.

Either way I am a coffee drinker, went cold turkey for three months, felt horrible all that time, so I am going to stick with coffee until some time (hopefully never) my beats start to really play up again. (which for 48 hours has not happen)

For me you know how happy I am being able to roll over in bed or sit up or lie down quickly and not get my heart jumping all over the place for 30 seconds like it wants to adjust to what happen, and now feeling regular beats. It's heaven, which I am sure anyone with these things would be in joy to constantly feel regular rather then their PVC's.

Let me say it has not killed them off, every now and then I get mainly a skipped beat or a double beat, those I can handle, it just the constant ones that would happen every other beat or few beat for minutes and sometimes hours that drove me insane.

 
Old 02-04-2012, 06:28 AM   #5
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Re: Coffee and PVC's

The only thing, that pops in my mind, regarding your heart calming down due to coffee, is that coffee is high in potassium. I would think that the caffeiine would have a worse effect on your heartbeat, and rhythm, than the increased potassium, so I find your experience with coffee confusing.

Is it possible that you have a low potassium diet?

At any rate:
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For me you know how happy I am being able to roll over in bed or sit up or lie down quickly and not get my heart jumping all over the place for 30 seconds like it wants to adjust to what happen, and now feeling regular beats. It's heaven, which I am sure anyone with these things would be in joy to constantly feel regular rather then their PVC's.
Congrats on getting your heartbeat problems under better control! Way to go! Nice bit of detective work on your part. Coffee....... who'd of thunk!?
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