Does Caffeine Affect Blood Pressure?

When you’re a family caregiver to an older adult with high blood pressure, you may put a lot of thought into what they eat. Of course, eating a heart healthy, low salt diet is important. But, how much thought do you give what they drink? It turns out that, for some people with high blood pressure, drinking caffeinated beverages may be a problem.


About Caffeine

Senior Care Delray Beach FL: Caffeine and Blood Pressure

Caffeine is a kind of stimulant. It is found naturally in certain kinds of plants. People in the United States most often consume caffeine in coffee, soda, and tea. Stimulants like caffeine act on the central nervous system, making people feel more alert and awake for a while.

According to the Mayo Clinic, most people who are healthy can safely consume 400 mg of caffeine per day. That’s about 4 cups of coffee or 10 cans of soda. However, seniors with high blood pressure should talk to their doctor about how caffeine may affect them.


How Caffeine Impacts Blood Pressure
The stimulant effect of caffeine can cause blood vessels to tighten up, making it harder for blood to flow through them. That can affect blood pressure and how much blood is able to get to the heart. Strong stimulants, like those found in illegal drugs, cause damage because of the way they affect the heart and blood vessels. Caffeine, though, is not as strong and does not affect the nervous system for as long as other kinds of stimulants do.

Caffeine can sometimes cause dramatic increases in blood pressure even in people who do not have hypertension. However, scientists have not been able to determine exactly what causes the rise. In fact, some researchers think that caffeine causes blood vessels to open wider, increasing blood flow. Others, though, say that it makes the body produce more adrenaline, which makes blood pressure go up.

Not everyone appears to be affected by caffeine the same way. Some who consume caffeine on a regular basis have higher blood pressure on average than do those who do not drink caffeinated beverages. But some people build up a tolerance to caffeine, so it doesn’t affect them over the long term.

If your aging relative has high blood pressure, senior care can assist with managing the condition. Senior care providers can offer the older adult a variety of drinks throughout the day that do not contain caffeine. Senior care providers can also remind them when it is time to take their blood pressure medication and help them to check their blood pressure at home.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Delray Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.


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