Study: A Few Cups of Coffee Could Keep Your Heart Ticking

by Chris Curley on June 28, 2012

Drinking a few cups of coffee per day might make your heart race, but in the long term, maybe that’s not such a bad thing, a new study suggests.

Shoot for moderate coffee consumption — around 16 ounces per day — and you could lower your risk of heart failure by up to 11 percent, researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston find. Moderation is key: more than four to five cups per day could increase your heart-failure risk, ABC News reported June 26.

Since coffee may raise your blood pressure in the short-term, and high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, increasing your coffee consumption may seem counterintuitive, says lead author Murray Mittleman, M.D. But the long-term benefits of coffee consumption outweigh these short-term drawbacks, he says.

“Coffee contains many active compounds including antioxidants that may explain how coffee lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, and in turn, may lower the risk of developing heart failure,” he notes. Previous studies have also linked moderate coffee consumption to lower risk of stroke and certain cancers, as well as protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

The study appears online in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

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