Heart Pounding Stimulants
Palpitations will often worsen with the consumption of foods and drugs that stimulate the heart.
Avoid common stimulants and substances such as:
- Diet pills:
- Allergy medications
Caffeine is a very common stimulant that is present in a variety of beverages. Avoiding caffeine is important for most people with cardiac arrhythmias.
Caffeine Content in Beverages
|8 ounce cup (240 cc) of brewed (drip) coffee||65 to 120 mg|
|8 ounce cup (240 cc) of instant coffee||60 to 85 mg|
|8 ounce cup (240 cc) of decaf coffee||2 to 4 mg|
|1 ounce (30 cc) of expresso||30 to 50 mg|
|8 ounce (240 cc), brewed US tea||25 to 110|
|8 ounce (240 cc), brewed imported tea||24 to 31 mg|
|Instant iced tea||9 to 50 mg|
|Caffeinated 8 ounce (240 cc) soft drink||20 to 40 mg|
|Cocoa, 8 ounce cup (240 cc)||3 to 32 mg|
|Chocolate milk, 8 ounce cup (240 cc)||2 to 7 mg|
Continue to Heart Pounding Stress
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