A new study which involved almost 12,000 American nurses with a history of either heart disease or stroke has concluded that women with heart disease who consume a few cups of that fine old brew every day are no more likely to die than non coffee drinkers during the 20-year study period.
This makes caffeine and whatever risks it may or may not have still a gray area for researchers. The results of the study were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers are aware that clinically speaking, coffee can still cause problems because the caffeine can raise blood pressure or otherwise negatively affect the human cardiovascular system.
Other studies have indicated that coffee is more protective than detrimental, and still others suggest that coffee drinkers who have had one heart attack have no increased risk of either premature death or a second heart attack.
This study needs to go further and research other populations and their exposure to caffeine. The fact that all the participants were nurses also makes the research not representative of women in general with heart disease. Still, the study does offer happiness to coffee lovers as it supports the idea that people with heart disease who already drink coffee do not have to give it up.
Still in all, this is good news for lovers of java.
So have another cup and keep drinking it until the next study tells you that you can’t (and maybe even after that, too).