If you love coffee but try to avoid it because you think that it can cause you irregular heartbeats, then you should definitely drink coffee at peace from now on. A new study reveals that coffee does not create irregular heartbeats, as many people have believed in the past.
A team of researchers from the American Heart Association wanted to see if the link between coffee intake and irregular heartbeat was really accurate. For that, they analyzed information collected from 1,388 healthy people. The participants were both men and women and they were monitored for a year. During the study, the participants had to wear a device that monitored their heart rhythm during the whole day.
After the data was analyzed, the researchers discovered that out of all the participants, 61% drank coffee more than once a day but their heartbeat remained the same as for the people who drank more coffee. The researchers concluded thus that the caffeine has a small effect on the heartbeat, that is almost unnoticeable.
Previous researches have shown that the coffee and the cardiac arrhythmia are linked. Arrhythmia is a condition of the heart that makes the heartbeat go out of rhythm. People who suffer from it have increased risks of having a stroke or heart failure. The results of the latest study are very important, as a lot of people might be avoiding the coffee because of fear of arrhythmia. Doctor Gregory Markus, who is the lead author of the study stated in a press release that the consumption of coffee, chocolate and tea that contain caffeine are unnecessarily being discouraged, as they only have benefits to offer to the consumer.
Even though by now you might be sipping on your second coffee, you should be warned. Shalini Dixit, who was also one of the study’s authors said that further research might be needed before people are encouraged to drink a lot of coffee or to eat products high in caffeine.
According to Michael Lim who is a cardiologist, the caffeine will not make your heart beat go faster, if it is not wired to go that way. He said that people should not abuse the coffee intake though, and he suggests moderation as a great way of staying healthy. Coffee is a great antioxidant, it can boost your happy feelings and it can help you lose weight.
The study which concluded that coffee does not create irregular heartbeats was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
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