People who drink coffee every day can hope for a longer life without cardiovascular disease, according to an analysis by UK Biobank. According to the results presented in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (2022; DOI: 10.1093/eurjpc/zwac189), the stimulating drink also protects against cardiac arrhythmias, but only if it also contains caffeine.
Physicians have long been critical of coffee consumption. In a survey published in the Journal of Substance Abuse in 1988, more than 75% of specialists advised against coffee consumption for patients with anxiety, arrhythmias, esophagitis/hiatal hernia, fibrocystic mastopathy, insomnia, palpitations and tachycardia.
The tide has since turned. In its guideline on the prevention of cardiovascular disease, the European Society of Cardiology classifies moderate coffee consumption (3-4 cups per day) as “probably not harmful, perhaps even moderately beneficial.”