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December 7, 2021 •

Java Joy

If you cherish your morning coffee like I do, I have some encouraging news on the heart health front. According to three prominent, large heart studies, drinking one or more cups of coffee a day may reduce your risk of heart failure. 
For this analysis, scientists looked at the heart health status and the coffee drinking habits of over 21,000 people followed for at least ten years, in total from the three studies. The analysis showed the following:

  • In all three studies, subjects who reported drinking one or more cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop heart failure. 
  • In two of the three studies, heart failure risk diminished by 5-12 percent per cup of caffeinated coffee relative to no coffee consumption. In one of the three studies the risk of heart failure did not change for one cup a day, but decreased by 30 percent in those who consumed at least two cups a day. 
  • Drinking decaffeinated coffee was tied to the opposite outcome. In one study, those reportedly drinking decaf coffee were more likely to develop heart failure, while in the others decaf coffee consumption was neither tied to an increase or a decrease in heart failure risk.

Drinking coffee now has a solid and growing list of beneficial health outcomes linked to it. To hear about all of them, watch this short video.

Circulation: Heart Failure, 2021; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.119.006799