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Everything causes heart attack!

Posted Oct 01 2008 8:26pm 1 Comment

The media are presently gushing about a recent study that associates caffeine intake with heart attack.

CBS News: That cup of coffee you're craving might not be such a good idea. Research in the September issue of Epidemiology suggests coffee can trigger a heart attack within an hour in some people.

Some reporters and their quoted sources are musing about whether it's the caffeine, cream vs. other whiteners, time of day, interaction with other risk factors, etc.

My advice: Get a grip! How many relatively benign, every day factors in life can be blamed for dire health risks?

The problem with many of these studies is that they are cross-sectional. They do not enroll participants, then "treat" with coffee (or other substance in question) vs. placebo. In other words, it is not a randomized trial, the sort of trial necessary to prove a hypothesis. That's all that can be generated by a study like this one: a hypothesis.

Perhaps there's a bit of warning for the person with uncorrected lipids and lipoproteins, has no idea that they have extensive coronary plaque because they've never had a heart scan, and have a slovenly lifestyle. Maybe that person might have exaggerated risk from a cup of coffee.

But for us, involved and intensively addressing all causes of coronary plaque to the point of stabilizing or reducing it, coffee is likely a non-issue.

For more conversation on coffee and this report, go to the home page.

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When it comes to heart, nothing should be ignored. A small amount of carelessness may lead you to some very serious problems in your later life. Many diseases like Arrhythmias , Sinus Tachycardia , mitral valve prolapses, PVCs. Arrhythmias shows the symptoms of disorder of regular rhythmic beating of heart. And this can occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence. And if this is the case, it indicates the serious problem and lead to heart disease, stroke or even a sudden cardiac death.


Sinus tachycardia is a disease where a person has a heart beat rate above 100. This is generally found in many people. Not so serious, but worth noting.


One should have their Electro Cardiogram test (ECG) and if possible Echo cardiogram. And you should consult a good cardiologist for the same. Find some good cardiologist who can diagnose those problems effectively.

I was having same experience, fast heart beats, hard beating for some indefinite period of time. As I was somewhat aware of such palpitations, I immediately opted for some preliminary tests like Electrocardiogram and Echo cardiogram from It was quite satisfying that correct medication and proper guidance made me through all these problems. One can also find some very crucial information from

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