Can three cof­fees a day keep the doc­tor away?

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DRINK­ING sev­eral cups of a cof­fee a day may ac­tu­ally be good for a trou­bled heart and cut the risk of symp­toms lead­ing to stroke and car­diac ar­rest.

A re­view of 11 ma­jor in­ter­na­tional stud­ies in­volv­ing 360,000 peo­ple has found even six caf­feine drinks a day can be healthy for those with ar­rhyth­mias, which cause hearts to beat ab­nor­mally fast, slow or un­evenly.

Al­though drink­ing 10 daily cup­pas cause prob­lems and a rac­ing heart, lead au­thor Prof Peter Kistler iden­ti­fied a “sweet spot” of three cof­fees a day. “Cof­fee cer­tainly in­creases your rest­ing heart rate, but it doesn’t cause an ab­nor­mal heart­beat,” Prof Kistler said.

“About 80 per cent of doc­tors will rec­om­mend peo­ple with pal­pi­ta­tions stop drink­ing cof­fee, and about 25 per cent of peo­ple with pal­pi­ta­tions at­tribute it to cof­fee. From a med­i­cal sci­ence per­spec­tive none of the stud­ies have ac­tu­ally shown that.

“In con­trast, the most com- mon ar­rhyth­mia ac­tu­ally seems to be re­duc­ing in reg­u­lar cof­fee drinkers.

“If you look broadly be­yond heart rhythm prob­lems reg­u­lar cof­fee drinkers are at lower risk of heart fail­ure, there is some ev­i­dence they may live longer and have bet­ter moods with lower rates of de­pres­sion and stroke.”

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