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Heart Health Month and Coffee

February 20, 2012 Jim Couch

February is Heart Health Awareness Month and you’ve likely been hearing about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart through nutrition and exercise.

Some people have avoided caffeinated coffee for fear of potential health risks despite decades of research suggesting otherwise. Luckily, there’s no need to worry about your heart health when enjoying your daily cup of HealthWise! Actually, the caffeine from two cups of coffee will increase blood pressure slightly; however, the effect is temporary and may not even occur for regular drinkers. Coffee is not a factor in abnormal heart rhythms either.

For those worried about cholesterol, filtering coffee removes oils that can raise cholesterol levels, and two cups of coffee each day actually can causes arteries to relax rather than stiffen. While coffee is safe for a healthy heart, it’s always important to look at all of the factors that may impact your heart health!

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