DRINKING just one cup of coffee a week can reduce your risk of heart failure by seven per cent, new research suggests.
It can also reduce your risk of suffering a potentially deadly stroke by eight per cent.
Getty – Contributor Drinking coffee could reduce your risk of heart failure by seven per cent
The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Anaheim, California.
Heart failure is a potentially fatal condition that occurs when the heart is too weak to pump blood efficiently around the body.
Researchers re-analysed data from the Framingham Heart Study, a long-running US investigation of heart disease risk factors involving thousands of participants.
It found that each additional cup of coffee drunk per week was associated with a lower risk of heart failure and stroke compared with no consumption.
Getty – Contributor Coffee could also reduce your risk of stroke by eight per cent
Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Previous research has suggested that intakes of three to five cups of coffee a day shouldn’t affect the risk of developing heart and circulatory disease.
“More research is needed before we can confidently say how coffee consumption may impact our heart health.
“Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, cutting down on salt, and maintaining a healthy weight are all important parts of a balanced diet that helps lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
“Our advice for people trying to improve their lifestyle is to focus on their whole diet, rather than the amount of individual foods or drinks they consume.”
Getty – Contributor Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the UK
Heart disease is responsible for 70,000 deaths each year in the UK, making it one of the country’s biggest killers.
In June, experts at Imperial College London found that drinking two cups of coffee a day could slash the risk of premature death.
They believe men who have two or three cups a day are 18 per cent less likely to die young compared with those who don’t and women eight per cent.
The biggest consumers were also 80 per cent less likely to die of liver disease.
And the risk of death from digestive problems fell 59 per cent in men and 40 per cent in women.
Drinking coffee also cut women’s chance of a stroke by 30 per cent and men’s by 17 per cent.
Experts studied 521,330 people in ten European countries over 16 years.
They found the type of coffee, such as espresso or milky latte, did not alter its protective effect.