Simple Science @Heart: A couple cups of joe may reduce heart failure risk
If you regularly drink coffee in moderation, you could have a lower risk of heart failure, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Heart Failure.
Researchers say drinking two 8-ounce cups a day is linked to an 11 percent lower risk of heart failure. On the other hand, they say, tanking up with five to six cups per day has no benefit and may even be dangerous. As with so many things, moderation is the key.
The American Heart Association recommends that heart failure patients limit their caffeine intake to no more than two cups of coffee a day.
Murray Mittleman, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Elizabeth Mostofsky, Sc.D, research fellow at Beth Israel.
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