A new study by the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland, Calif indicates that moderate coffee drinking reduces the risk of being hospitalized for heart rhythm problems.
The findings are somewhat surprising as most people who suffer with atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias have been told by the medical community to stay away from caffeine.
'These data should be reassuring to people who drink moderate amounts of coffee that their habit is not likely to cause a rhythm disturbance,' said Arthur Klatsky, M.D., the study's lead investigator and senior consultant in cardiology at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program.
Still, she said the findings should not be taken to mean that coffee can be used to prevent rhythm problems.
Rather, the report "supports the idea that people who are at risk for rhythm problems or who have rhythm problems do not need to abstain from coffee."
The study, which involved 130,054 men and women 18 to 90-years-old, was presented at the American Heart Association's 50th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.