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Coffee & Cardiovascular Health

You can feel less guilty reaching for your third espresso shot in the midst of the holiday craziness this season— a recent study has linked that extra cup of coffee (up to six cups daily!) to a decreased risk of of heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine presented their findings last week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, reporting that every 8-ounce cup of coffee per day reduced heart failure risk by 7 percent, stroke risk by 8 percent and coronary heart disease by 5 percent in comparison to non-coffee drinkers. While this is not the first study of its kind to identify a link between drinking coffee and cardiovascular health, it is the first study to offer numerical data to back up previous research suggesting that coffee’s antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory makeup contributes to overall heart health.

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Heart Rate Variability

Thinking about your health means understanding your heart health, and paying attention to measures like cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides. There is one more to add to the list: heart rate variability.

“Heart rate variability is the variation in the time between each heart beat,” explains John P. Higgins, MD, MBA, a sports cardiologist at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This is different than your heart rate, which is measured by the number of times your heart beats per minute. And unlike your heart rate, which you can calculate by counting your pulse, heart rate variability is measured at the doctor’s office with an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) test that records the electrical activity of your heart.

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