Coffee in Moderation May Reduce Risk of Heart Failure

Perk up coffee lovers. New research says if you regularly drink coffee in moderation, you’re possibly reducing your risk of heart failure.

But don’t overdo it.

Drinking too many cups of coffee “may be linked with an increased chance of developing serious heart problems,” according to a news release from the American Heart Association.

“While there is a commonly held belief that regular coffee consumption may be dangerous to heart health, our research suggests that the opposite may be true,” said Dr. Murray Mittleman, the study’s senior author. “We found that moderate consumption – which we define as the equivalent of about two typical American coffee shop beverages – may actually protect against heart failure by as much as 11 percent.”

However, those who drank five to six “commercial coffee house cups” per day may be increasing the risk.

Researchers reviewed five studies on drinking coffee and heart failure risk. The studies included more than 140,000 people and 6,522 heart failure events. The study was published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation Heart Failure.

“This is good news for coffee drinkers, of course, but it also may warrant changes to the current heart failure prevention guidelines, which suggest that coffee drinking may be risky for heart patients,” said Elizabeth Mostofsky, lead study author and research fellow at Beth Israel. “It now appears that a couple of cups of coffee per day may actually help protect against heart failure.”

According to the American Heart Association, heart failure patients should drink no more than a cup or two of coffee or other caffeinated drinks a day.

Source: American Heart Association news release

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