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Coffee Could Reduce Risk of a Heart Attack

People who drink coffee could reduce the risk of a heart attack.  Individuals who consumed a moderate amount of coffee every day had a lower risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks, according to a study.

Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, which can cause blood clots that can trigger a heart attack or stroke.

Recent research highlighting this potential link between coffee consumption and a lower risk of developing clogged arteries was conducted by an international team of researchers from South Korea.

Research published in the journal Heart, found that people who consumed three to five cups of coffee a day had the least risk of developing coronary calcium in their arteries. The authors of the paper said their findings chimed with a recent meta-analysis of 36 studies that showed moderate coffee assumption was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.

A possible explanation is that chronic coffee consumption has a possible link to reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, which is a strong risk factor for atherosclerosis. The authors also suggested that coffee drinking might improve insulin sensitivity and the function of β-cells which store and release insulin.

Many clinicians and researchers agree, such as the British Heart Foundation (BHF), that more work is needed to prevent generalized results garnered from research based on the South Korean population with different lifestyles and diets.


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