Coffee consumption may not increase the risk of arrhythmias in most people

For many years, clinicians and health professionals alike have cautioned on the consumption of coffee over its potential risk of causing arrhythmias.

As part of a new study released in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan challenges that notion, suggesting that only very few cases of arrhythmias are possible following coffee intake.

To determine that, researchers had analyzed the data of over 380,000 participants included in a British-based study.

Of the nearly 385,000 participants, roughly 17,000 reported experiencing problems with heart rhythm, indicating its prevalence to be very minimal, with the rest of the participants avoiding such adverse reactions from coffee intake.

“The majority of people, even those with arrhythmias, should be able to enjoy their cup of coffee, and maybe there are some people for whom caffeine or coffee may actually help reduce their risk,” one co-author of the study stated in a news release.

“I think the bottom line, based on these findings, is that coffee may not cause arrhythmias, but it doesn’t necessarily protect against them either,” commented another co-author in the same release.

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