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  •  Many things drive heart rate (1+ / 0-)
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    besides caffeine. How fast is your resting HR anyway? Is it faster than 100 bpm? And do you have episodes of rapid heart beat? If so, you fit the definition of tachycardia and that is reason to consult a cardiologist - SOON. Giving up caffeine is not going to treat an underlying tachycardia.

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    by Anne Elk on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 03:44:36 PM PDT

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    •  Under 100 (0+ / 0-)

      In the 90-95 range, normal weight, low normal BMI and triglycerides but high cholesterol, both LDL and HDL, but a good ratio of one to the other. In the States I had a good doctor who gave me an electrocardiogram once a year (and didn't like what he saw, hence the threat of Statins). Over here the NHS doesn't do physical check ups of any sort outside of a mammogram every two years, and when I showed them test results from the States, said that Americans obsess about yearly check ups. I did start feeling ropy, with the occasional racing heart, faintness, waking up at night with chest pains, etc. That's why I go to a private doctor in Belgium (where I can afford it).
      Seeing a cardiologist is about as likely as attending The Queen's garden party. I would hesitate to take statins because about half the people I know over here who have been prescribed them are now permanently disabled in one way or another.

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      by northsylvania on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 12:35:24 AM PDT

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