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Is coffee hurting my heart?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Hello.

I'm 27 years old and I've been Paleo for about 5 months now, and I am really enjoying everything about it.

My main concern is that lately I've been getting these strange pains in my chest... I don't know if its a heart issue, lung issue or what. Basically there are times when it hurts a small area when I breathe in too deeply... I don't know how concerned I should be.

The thing is that when I think back to every time I have had this occur, I believe that I have consumed a good amount of coffee that day...

Is there any link between coffee and chest/heart pains?

Come Monday I am making an appointment to see the Nurse/Dr, but for now, I thought I'd put it up here for help from you all.

Thanks!

Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

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on January 07, 2012
at 02:41 PM

It could just be gas. I used to freak out when this happened to me. It rarely happens since changing to a paleo diet, but I began to notice when it did happen, it usually coincided with gas. The pain refers to the chest from the stomach/intestines.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on January 07, 2012
at 02:09 PM

If it is connected to your breathing, it doesn't sounds like a heart issue. Maybe pleural irritation or esophageal spasm. See a doctor but don't worry too much in the meantime.

32dd97296fac06e1e36763a91d6c01d4

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:47 AM

If it is Precordial catch syndrome... nobody knows, but then it isn't considered harmful. Read my other reply, and check with your doc.

1321554fbe74ad09e97c6e8c354021cc

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on January 07, 2012
at 09:47 AM

That's a fair point... I think I am always sitting or lying down when it happens... so would you say it is in the lung or the heart?

1321554fbe74ad09e97c6e8c354021cc

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on January 07, 2012
at 09:47 AM

I don't drink daily... maybe once or twice a week... and then its no more than 2 cups a day...

32dd97296fac06e1e36763a91d6c01d4

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on January 07, 2012
at 09:46 AM

How much coffee are you drinking?

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32dd97296fac06e1e36763a91d6c01d4

on January 07, 2012
at 11:10 AM

Might be this?

PCS manifests itself as a very intense, sharp pain, typically at the left side of the chest, generally in the cartilage between the bones of your sternum and rib cage, which is worse when taking breaths. Patients often think that they are having a heart attack which causes them to panic. This pain typically lasts from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Though some episodes last just a few breaths, in rare cases they can persist for up to 30 minutes. On some occasions, breathing in or out suddenly will cause a small popping or cracking sensation in the chest, which results in the pain going away. In most cases the pain is resolved quickly and completely

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precordial_catch_syndrome

That's certainly what I experience now and then.

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:25 AM

Hi, trentasaurus.

When I consider the top 25 causes of chest pain, coffee is not on the list.

Good idea to see your doctor.

-Steve

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32dd97296fac06e1e36763a91d6c01d4

on January 07, 2012
at 09:40 AM

First, see your doc.

Second, I had this for at least ten years now now and then, when using coffee as well as when not. For me, it vanishes immediately when standing up, breathing in really deeply (although it hurts).

32dd97296fac06e1e36763a91d6c01d4

(252)

on January 07, 2012
at 11:47 AM

If it is Precordial catch syndrome... nobody knows, but then it isn't considered harmful. Read my other reply, and check with your doc.

1321554fbe74ad09e97c6e8c354021cc

(524)

on January 07, 2012
at 09:47 AM

That's a fair point... I think I am always sitting or lying down when it happens... so would you say it is in the lung or the heart?

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on November 27, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Organo gold is healthy and you dont need to worry about ur heart http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:32 PM

I used to get that as well, though in the Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ). In one case it lasted for several hours and I was freaking out cause at some point I had to leave work. Anyway, I mentioned it to my GI and he said he thought it was gas and that I should try eliminating sugar alcohols from my diet like sorbitol. Sure enough, it's been about 1.5 years without the pain. He also ordered an ultrasound but it wasn't revealing.

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on January 07, 2012
at 06:18 PM

google pericardia friction rub and see how its related to breathing

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on January 07, 2012
at 06:01 PM

That's called paleo hunger. Your stomach sits higher in your rib cage than you think. You never before in your life felt real hunger, just abdominal distress, so you're not accustomed to the feeling. It surprises you and you worry. EAT SOMETHING!

Okay, okay I said that partly in jest, because it's only true occasionally, the rest of the time it's just muscle spasms in the ribs or something.

All you gotta know is, if it goes away quickly, it's got nothing to do with heart problems. Don't worry, be happy.

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on January 07, 2012
at 05:41 PM

I had something like this for about 18 months. Recurrent discomfort in the sternum, sometimes growing to a sharp pain. I eventually discovered that if I raised my arms above my head and did a deep backbend, concentrating on my thoracic spine, I would get a distinct "pop" and the pain would vanish. A couple of trainers have told me that it has something to do with the cartilege of the ribs.

Give it a shot. If you don't get relief that way, then consider seeing a doc. In any case, it sure doesn't sound like coffee!

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