I stopped drinking soda with caffeine after my valve repair in 2005. I never drank coffee. When I did drink caffeine I never noticed any problems I was drinking 6 packs a day of Mountain Dew at the time. The caffeine never kept me awake either.
I miss coffee a lot. But it's for the best. Oh well! There are worse things in life than missing coffee.
I'm glad to know I'm a slow caffeine metabolizer - helps keep me on the straight and narrow. It's in my distant past now and I haven't looked back (until I smell it - then I relish it!). (I like the smell of doughnuts, but I never eat them either) LOL.
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Coffee is my only source of caffeine. I've been reading food labels for almost 20 years now and avoid all products with caffeine. I do believe that caffeine affects us physically. I drink less coffee now than I did when I was younger. I have decaf when I can and I will mix half and half at times. Eventually I will give it up altogether but right now my first cup of morning coffee is always the real stuff
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I haven't noticed a problem with coffee and heart palps. I usually drink decaf at dinner. My heart problems stem from angina, and coffee doesn't seem to affect me in that way. I've been drinking coffee since I was a kid though, and I'm 65.
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My palpitations were from coffee AND dairy, sometimes chocolate; seemed to get worse as I aged. After my heart attack last year I read something about dairy/calcium and imbalance to magnesium, so I stopped having 1/2 and /12 in my coffee ... couldn't stand coffee w/out the 1/2 and 1/2, so I quit coffee. Best thing I ever did. Hard, too. I smell it and I want it, probably like a smoker trying to quit. Coffee smells a lot better, so I enjoy smelling coffee instead - lol. Coffee is very acidic for your gut health; it can contribute to promote osteoporosis, dependent bowel habits. I quit by going to decaf, then tea, then herbal tea. I think the "habit" of it was nice so I had to substitute. Now I drink water, water, water, which is good all the way around.
I found out recently by DNA testing from www.23andme.com that I am a slow caffeine metabolizer (liver doesn't process it quickly) ... this actually contributes to higher incidence of heart attack ... who knew?! Coffee can cause an imbalance of minerals ... as was my experience with the heart attack (though I'd given up coffee about a month before, I was still having cheese, plain Greek yogurt, and butter -- ie calcium, plus I found out I react negatively to a protein in dairy fat, plus a bunch of other factors).
Anyway, if you're interested, the DNA testing is $99 + a yr. commitment to $9/mo for a year, and then you can discontinue if you want. Some people don't want to know all that info, but I love it.
Here's a good article about slow caffeine metabolizers, plus you can google scholarly articles if you want:
I don't buy the half-caf coffee, because I prefer two different brands - one decaf & one regular. So I have to containers in my pantry, and just use both to make a pot of coffee. This way, if I want coffee late in the day, I make it all decaf, and if I have company, I can make 1 pot of regular coffee & another pot of decaf. Any caffeine late in the day keeps me awake half the night, so I prefer all decaf then.
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It does some of the time. I want to try half and half but in order to do so I will have to buy some decaf as I bought up on reg when it was on sale. I've noticed also that since I lost some weight, I don't have too many flutter episodes - coffee or not. I'll have to start paying attention as to when I get them.
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I have seen my cardiologist and we are working on it. One of the things I have noticed is it has happened a short time after I had coffee. Could be just a coincidence or maybe not. At work I drink half & half but at home I drink regular. I do drink less than I once did but it is my one little addiction I try to hold on to. I may have to give it up all together
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