Researchers say that contrary to belief coffee does not cause heart palpitations and increased heart rate.
Heart diseases are the number one cause of deaths in America and all over the world. One of the worst heart conditions is arrhythmia. It is the irregular heart rate that causes that arteries to explode and result in blood loss and rupture.
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Doctors have been educated for years to tell their patients to avoid the use of coffee. According to previous researches, the caffeine in the coffee causes the heart rate to beat rapidly and cause palpitations. Since arrhythmia has no clear indication, the irregular heartbeat is regarded as a sign of arrhythmia.
In a recent research conducted at the University of California-San Francisco to assess the relationship between dietary patterns and extra heartbeats.
The lead researcher Dr Gregory Marcus said in a statement that the doctors’ recommendation of avoiding consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart's cardiac rhythm has to be reconsidered.
He said that this belief may be keeping the patients from consuming chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits for their health.
Dr. Marcus elaborated saying that in their recent work they have demonstrated that extra heartbeats can be dangerous, this finding is especially relevant.
The research team studied 1,388 people, with an average age of 72. They found that about 60 per cent of them drank some sort of caffeinated product every day.
The team then measured the premature ventricular contractions and premature atrial contractions for each participant following their coffee consumption.
The reading indicated that there was no increase in heartbeat whatsoever before and after drinking chocolate, coffee and tea. This lead to the conclusion that consuming caffeinated products every day has o relationship whatsoever with having increased ectopy or arrhythmia but cannot specify a particular amount per day.
"Coffee is among the most commonly consumed beverages in the United States and is the main source of caffeine intake among adults" the researchers said in the report that got published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
"Regular coffee consumption has been associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus and other cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity and depression."
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"Furthermore, large observational studies have found that habitual coffee drinkers have lower rates of coronary artery disease and of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality."