In the summer of 2017, when Larry Istrail was a resident on rotation at Inova Fairfax, he met a patient suffering from a rare tumor called a pheochromocytoma. Usually noncancerous and treatable with surgery, a pheochromocytoma causes the adrenal glands to pump out too much adrenaline, leading to high blood pressure, sweating, or anxiety. Basically, he says, the symptoms are similar to drinking too much coffee.
Now, Istrail, an internist at Inova Fairfax who lives in Arlington, has launched an online-only coffee company, Pheo Coffee, named after the condition. The 32-year-old says he jokingly ran the name by his friends. They thought it was a good idea.