Contrary to general belief, irregular heartbeat is not associated with coffee consumption, finds recent study.
The new study concluded that regardless of how many cups of coffee you drink, your heart will not deviate from its rhythm, bur rather just increase its pace. However, they added that more research is needed to confirm whether there is any link between coffee drinking and atrial fibrillation.
The researchers collected their information from two prior studies – the Swedish Mammography Cohort and the Swedish Men Cohort. In total, about 75,000 persons’ average coffee consumption were analyzed by the team. Researchers have followed their health for the next 10 years.
What they found out? People who consume lots of coffee have nothing to worry about when it comes to the risk of atrial fibrillation. However, coffee consumers need to remember that the drink comes with many other side-effects.
At the end of the study, researchers found absolutely no correlation between atrial fibrillation and coffee consumption. However, the team warned that they came across evidence that indicates coffee may activate other types of irregular heartbeat.
The lead author of the study, Susanna Larsson, professor at the Institute of Environmental Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden, declared that the study concluded it is safe to consume coffee in moderation, without having to worry about developing atrial fibrillation.
Research went on an to find whether coffee consumption is linked in any way with atrial fibrillation in different genders. The team found that men have an irregular heartbeat risk higher than women, however, both rates were non-significant.
The studies were not only conducted in Sweden, but also in the United States, in order to reduce the generality of the findings. Although about 10,500 participants were diagnosed with some form of hear problem, the research concluded that coffee consumption cannot be linked with atrial fibrillation. In fact, even those who consumed extreme amounts of coffee were not struck by the condition.
In another study, atrial fibrillation occurred in 7,000 persons out of 850,000. However, researchers have not found any association between drinking coffee and the condition in these experiments either.
Another recent study even found that heavy coffee consumers have the lowest risks of heart attack and clogged arteries. Researchers added that more studies are needed to tell us if coffee can actually come with health benefits.
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