Congestive Heart Failure and Caffeine
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Most physicians advise patients with CHF to avoid drinks and medications that contain caffeine, a stimulant that causes increased or irregular heart rates in patients with CHF. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and forces the heart to contract with a stronger rapid force leading to a fast and irregular heartbeat.
Sources of Caffeine
Caffeine is a bitter substance that is produced naturally from plants. It has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system and also speeds up metabolism. Caffeine increases energy and alertness.
Side Effects of Caffeine
Patients who stop taking caffeine may also experience withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure
Medical treatment can help patients manage the symptoms of CHF.
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