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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Is Coffee Bad For My Heart?

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 03:05 PM

Qutestion: I was recently diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and the doctor told me I should quit drinking coffee. I love coffee! I used to drink several cups throughout the day. Can I at least have one cup in the morning?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of heart disease, and confirmed that moderate coffee consumption doesn't cause harm. Moderation is the key. Coffee does have modest cardiovascular effects that should be considered such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and occasional irregular heartbeat. The negative effects of coffee tend to emerge in when drinking excessive amounts, so it is best to avoid heavy consumption.
Your doctor knows what is best for you in your case, since he must have taken your general health into consideration when he advised you to quit coffee.

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