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Two cups of coffee 'can prevent heart attacks'

Article appeared on deccanchronicle.

London: Here's some good news for coffee buffs — drinking two cups of the beverage a day — can protect some heart attack victims from complications that may lead to coronary failure, a new study has claimed.

Researchers have carried out the study and found that heart attack patients who drank three or more cups of coffee a day were 90 per cent less likely to develop the condition, known as left ventricular systolic dysfunction or LVSD.

The study's recommendation goes against evidence of people suffering palpitations and irregular heart rhythms after drinking strong coffee, the 'Daily Express' reported.

For their study, the researchers monitored 374 male and female heart attack patients. Those with normal blood pressure were found to be protected against developing LVSD by drinking coffee.

The protective effect, however, was not seen in patients with high blood pressure, where coffee drinking was actually associated with a four-fold increase in the likelihood of developing LVSD.

Lead researcher Dr Christina Chrysohoou of Harokopio University and Hippokration Hospital in Greece, said: "Coffee consumption and its effects on the cardiovascular system have been widely investigated.

"In this work, we revealed that coffee consumption has opposite effects on the likelihood of developing LVSD after an acute coronary syndrome episode, depending on hypertension. The beneficial effects of coffee can be explained by the fact that coffee contains chlorogenic acid and antioxidant compounds that improve vascular function. We can recommend to our patients after an acute coronary event to consume coffee in moderation."

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