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Heart Beat: Good news keeps brewing on coffee and heart disease

Heart Beat

Good news keeps brewing on coffee and heart disease

If the daily grind is music to your ears and the steaming cup of joe that follows is your ambrosia, don't let a heart attack keep you from drinking coffee.

Italian researchers looked at coffee quaffing among the more than 11,000 heart attack survivors in the Grupo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell'Infarto Miocardico (GISSI), a clinical trial designed to test the benefits of omega-3 fats and vitamin E. After 18 months of follow-up, the researchers found that repeat heart attacks, strokes, sudden deaths, and other cardiovascular events had occurred just as often in the participants who didn't drink coffee as they did among those who drank more than four cups a day.

This study, which was published in the Dec. 18, 2007, issue of Circulation, is in line with the American Heart Association's recommendation that a cup or two of coffee is safe for heart attack survivors even as they recover in the coronary care unit.

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