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Can You Reduce Heart Failure Risk By Drinking Coffee?

Can you reduce the risk of heart failure by drinking coffee? A major study published in a journal of the American Heart Association called Circulation: Heart Failure, has found that drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day can, in fact, lower your risk. The new study contradicts many people’s negative associations between heart health and coffee consumption.

The study involved three separate studies, collectively involving 21,000 participants who were each followed up with after a decade. The most favorable findings for coffee drinkers found an almost 30% reduction of risk among those who drank two or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day. Another interesting finding from a different study was that daily coffee drinkers of at least one cup per day reduced their risk of heart failure by 5-12%.

The studies conclude that drinking caffeinated coffee is a main factor in reducing risk of heart failure. In fact, researchers discovered in one of the studies that drinking decaffeinated coffee can potentially higher your risk of heart failure.

“The association between caffeine and heart failure risk reduction was surprising,” explained the study’s senior author David P. Kao, who is medical director at the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

“Coffee and caffeine are often considered by the general population to be ‘bad’ for the heart because people associate them with palpitations, high blood pressure, etc. The consistent relationship between increasing caffeine consumption and decreasing heart failure risk turns that assumption on its head.”

Despite these findings, researchers don’t recommend relying solely on coffee to reduce the risk of heart failure. It’s still recommended to follow proven heart health guidelines, such as practicing weight management and regularly exercising.

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