Great news for caffeine addicts!
New research has revealed that drinking up to three coffees a day is good for your heart.
Experts at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia analysed 11 major international studies and found that drinking coffee may protect against common heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias).
Cardiologist Dr Peter Kistler, who led the study, said while doctors typically advised patients with heart problems to avoid caffeine, they found that it may actually reduce the frequency of arrhythmias.
“There is a public perception – often based on anecdotal experience – that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” he said.
“Our extensive review of the medical literature suggests this is not the case.
“In numerous population-based studies, patients who regularly consume coffee and tea at moderate levels have a lower lifetime risk of developing heart rhythm problems and possibly improved survival.”
The study suggests up to 300mg of caffeine per day (approximately 3 coffees) is likely to be safe for arrhythmic patients.