Ask the Cardiologist Double Play: On Coffee and Aspirin

Dr. Maciej Malinski is on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to answer some frequently asked questions related to maintaining a healthy heart in his Ask the Cardiologist series. To see all posts Dr. Malinski has written, just type “Ask the Cardiologist” into the search bar on the right.

We have a double dose of answered questions by Dr. Malinski this week!

Q: I love coffee, but is too much caffeine bad for my heart?

A: Generally, caffeine is not proven to have long term effects on heart disease. It is a stimulant, though, and large doses have a stimulatory effect on the whole body, including the heart. Mainly, it can cause an acceleration in your heart rate.

Q: Why is aspirin given to patients having a heart attack?

A: Heart attack is a closure of an artery in the heart by a blood clot. In the short term example of a heart attack, aspirin and some other medications are given to patients to prevent progression of the blood clot. Long term, aspirin can prevent the formation of blood cloth.

Do you have a question for Dr. Malinski? To submit your question, either post it in the comments section below or email luke@shermanhealth.com with the subject line “Question for Dr. Malinski.” To schedule the essential (and painless) $79 Healthy Heart CT Scan, click here.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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