Harvard Heart Letter

Heart Beat: Research continues to serve up heart perks for coffee drinkers

Coffee's reputation for being okay for cardiovascular health, or more than okay, continues to grow. Here's a roundup of study results from the first half of 2011. All of the references are listed at www.health.harvard.edu/heartextra.

Heart failure. Women who drink coffee are slightly less likely to develop heart failure than women who don't drink coffee. Coffee drinking had little effect on heart failure in men.

Stroke. Women who drink coffee are about 25% less likely to have a stroke than those who don't. (The study didn't include men.)

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