Coffee consumption linked to reduced heart failure risk

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, “Regular to moderate coffee drinking may reduce the risk of heart failure, says a new study in the journal Circulation Heart Failure, a publication of the American Heart Association.”

On its website, ABC News reports, “The scientists analyzed five prospective studies, which included more than 140,000 men and women, that related to coffee consumption and heart risk. Four of the studies were based in Sweden, and one was conducted in Finland.”

According to the CNN “The Chart” blog, the researchers found that “drinking two eight-ounce cups of coffee a day gives people an 11% lower risk of developing heart failure, compared to people who don’t consume any coffee.”

The Columbus (OH) Dispatch reports that the finding “runs counter to the long-held belief that any amount of coffee could be bad for heart and should have doctors rethinking the role coffee plays in heart failure, said Elizabeth Mostofsky, the study’s lead author and a research fellow at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.”

The CBS News “HealthPop” blog reports, “The strength of the brew was not accounted for, but typically European coffee is stronger than coffee consumed in the US. Also, there was no indication whether the subjects were drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated drinks, though most of the coffee that’s consumed in the study areas tends to contain caffeine.”

HealthDay reports, however, that “drinking too much coffee – more than four or five US coffee shop-sized cups a day – could raise the risk of developing the heart problem.”

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