Heart symptoms may influence how much coffee people drink

  • A study has found that people with symptoms of cardiovascular health issues, such as angina and heart palpitations, tend to drink less coffee, avoid coffee altogether, or drink decaf.
  • The scientists used a genetic technique to show that these symptoms determine the amount of coffee people drink, rather than the other way round.
  • The research casts doubt on observational evidence that drinking moderate amounts of coffee can benefit cardiovascular health.

Written by James Kingsland on May 5, 2021

Fact checked by Alexandra Sanfins, Ph.D.

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