Coffee-Drinkers Not Much Prone to Arrhythmia

According to a report presented at the American Heart Association's Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, excessive coffee-drinking does not add much to the risk of Arrhythmia.

The report was led by Dr. Arthur Klatsky, a Senior Consultant in Cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif.

He found that all those patients who took coffee not less than four times a day, were just 18% less prone to a disturbed heart pulse than those who did not take coffee at all.

"There's no reason, even if they have a heart rhythm problem or risk of a heart rhythm problem, why they have to give up the coffee", he sai

"However, we're not going to recommend that people drink coffee to prevent rhythm problems", he added.

However, some experts like Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, Director of the Electrophysiology and pacing lab at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, have pointed out that the findings of recent study oppose the conventional interpretations of the Arrhythmia specialists who suggest their patients to avoid coffee.

"I think the take-home message from this very important epidemiologic study is that most people can drink coffee, even several cups of coffee, without increasing their risk of having a significant heart rhythm disturbance that would require hospitalization", he said.