Large Amounts of Strong Coffee Do Harm to the Heart
Italian scientists carried out series of tests to investigate how large amounts of strong coffee affect the work of the cardiac muscle. Lead researcher Anna Mattioli delivered the results at the European Cardiologists Society conference in Barcelona.
Tests and analyses showed that patients with such cardiopathy as ciliary arrhythmia got their main dose of necessary antioxidants from caffeine and not from other foods – vegetables, fruits, olive oil, wine. People who drank strong coffee oftener had much more heart problems compared to those who drank less coffee. The percent of ciliary arrhythmia in such people was much higher. It means that the upper cardiac chambers of the cardiac muscle tremble instead of contracting completely and regularly as they should do in a healthy heart. These patients usually have rapid heart palpitations, shallow breathing, undue fatigability and a higher risk of a blood-stroke.
Dr. Anna Mattioli concluded that people who have no cardiopathy increase the risk of developing ciliary arrhythmia through taking high caffeine doses (three and more cups of strong coffee a day).