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Coffee can extend heart health, according to The American Heart Association

Is coffee good for my heart?

As if we need any more reasons to support our coffee consumption, let’s go ahead and add our hearts to the list. That’s right, we put our heart and soul into making our cup of joe, and it’s only fair that it gives us a little something to add to our lives, back.

According to a recent study run by The American Heart Association, drinking coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of heart failure and stroke. Researchers from Colorado medical school analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study, which has tracked the eating patterns and cardiovascular health of more than 150,000 people since the 1940's. Through a method known as machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence that searches for patterns in big sets of data, they were able to look for previously unidentified risk factors for heart failure and stroke. 

Among all the potential risk factors, one stood out like a needle in a haystack. Coffee was connected to a reduced risk for heart failure, stroke, and coronary heart disease. For those who are faithful to their morning cup, for every 8 oz. consumed, these risks were reduced by 7%, 8%, and 5%, compared to those who sustained from coffee. Nearly all of the coffee drinkers in the study consumed between one and six cups of coffee per day. Because of this, it's tough to predict whether or not the results would proceed at higher consumption levels. 

Although previous research has suggested that coffee's caffeine content, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may be the root of its health benefits, the goal within the study was to determine whether or not coffee consumption is a factor in cardiovascular disease. It's possible that altering coffee to caffeine consumption may play a role in the end results. Either way, more points for coffee! 

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