Now coffee lovers have another reason to rejoice and sip on one more cup of morning latte!
In a research conducted at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), which also included an Indian-based researcher, it was found that regular intake of coffee doesn’t cause extra palpitations (which in a few rare cases can cause heart or stroke-related mortality and morbidity).
The researchers assessed the chronic consumption of caffeinated-based products during a period of 12 months.
Gregory Marcus, senior author, and director of clinical research as well as health cardiologist, said that clinical recommendations advising against daily consumption of products containing caffeine should be revised as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits.
Whereas extreme premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) have been shown to cause an increased risk of heart failure, coronary artery disease and even death; the extreme premature atrial contractions (PACs), on the other hand, have been shown to result in stroke, atrial fibrillation and death. Both the irregularities have been linked to the consumption of caffeine on the basis of the research carried out so far. However, these studies were carried out many decades ago without taking PVCs and PACs into account.
In this study, a total of 1,388 participants were randomly selected by Marcus and his associates. Of the total number of participants, 61% consumed more than one caffeinated product on a regular basis.
The study revealed no differences in the number of PVCs or PACs per hour across coffee, chocolate and tea consumption levels in the participants. Regular intake of these products did not result in extra heartbeats.
Conversely, the emerging evidence points out the possible cardiovascular advantages of various common caffeinated products like chocolate, coffee, and tea.
However, no guidelines have been set yet regarding the consumption of these products, and patients would still possibly avoid these products in order to prevent cardiac issues.
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