Re: Thank You All Very Much...
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Tue, 4 Jun 1996 00:01:40 -0400
Mike, this is as much for everybody else as for you, so I'll post it
You're signature plate carries a coffee cup, and you often invite anyone to
drop in. You may be unaware of a link between caffeine and heart pain that
involves a very common, usually harmless heart murmur called mitral valve
prolapse. This may not concern you, but what the heck -- let's take the
I'll keep it short and spare the personal story: Mitral valve prolapse,
commonly known as Barlow's Syndrome, affects about 20 percent of Americans,
one of every five of us. Its signature is a tell-tale "click" on every heart
beat (it can foul up some EKGs, too). The click is caused by a ragged edge
on one of the Mitral valve edges; the most common danger is that strep can
infect the ragged edge (so those with the syndrome should get prophylactic
antibiotics like penicillin when they see their dentist).
The only other confirmed problem is a pain in the chest that is eerily close
to heart attack pain, usually accompanying consumption of gross quantities of
caffeine. Of course, what constitutes "gross quantities" differs from one
person to the next. One person may get pain at three cups of coffee a day (6
oz. cups, not those 16 oz. behemoths!). Another may feel no pain at ten cups
The point is that we all ought to know if we got it; if we got it, we ought
to be circumspect in our consumption of caffeine.
Hope you feel much better quickly; hope you're undizzy quick.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City