Coffee is ‘good for the heart

Coffee is ‘good for the heart’, new research finds

The research was conducted by the University of Athens on almost 700 elderly residents of a small island called Ikaria, in Aegean Sea, where more than a third of people live to the age of 90 or more.

The research focused on 485 of the residents who had high blood pressure and tested their blood vessels using a heart scan.

Rigid and tough blood vessels are linked to heart disease and are taken as a warning sign of heart problems in the future. It was found that the patients who drank one to two cups per day of coffee had greater elasticity in their major blood vessels than those who drank more or none at all.

Dr Christina Chrysohoou, presented the findings at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Stockholm. She said: “The study revealed that moderate coffee consumption, between one and two cups per day, is associated with higher values of aortic distensibility when compared with other hypertensive elderly individuals taking less coffee.”


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