Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Coffee Hike My Heart Rate?

By    |   Monday, 06 Jan 2014 05:25 PM

Question: I drink a lot of coffee and sometimes notice my heart races late in the afternoon. Could the two things be related?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Yes. Coffee contains caffeine, a stimulant that will cause rapid heart rates in those who are sensitive to it. So while caffeine may not be the reason you have a rapid heart rate, it is no doubt is an aggravating factor.
 
I would recommend seeking a consultation with your physician to be sure these rapid-beating spells are not a sign of a more ominous condition or disorder of the heart that is warning you before a more serious event occurs. A holter or event monitor may be needed after your heart and blood are screened for potential problems.

A stress test is not usually needed for unless you have increased risks for ischemic heart disease, or are planning an aggressive exercise program or marathon event.

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