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Heavy Coffee Drinking OK for Heart

Tuesday, 25 April 2006 12:00 AM

Heavy, long-term coffee drinking does not appear to raise the risk of heart disease for most people, according to a large new study from Spain.

The study, which followed 128,000 men and women for as long as 20 years, showed that drinking filtered coffee - not espresso or French-style brews - did not raise the risk of heart disease.

"We believe this study clearly shows there is no association between filtered coffee consumption and coronary heart disease," said Dr. Esther Lopez-Garcia, of the School of Medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, who worked on the study.

The researchers found more than half the women and 30 percent of men who drank six or more cups of coffee a day were also more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and use aspirin, and were less likely to drink tea, exercise or take vitamin supplements.

But once these factors were accounted for, there was no difference in heart attack risks between the very light and heavy coffee drinkers.

"This lack of effect is good news, because coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world," said Dr. Lopez-Garcia.

The study appears in the journal Circulation.

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