You’re not the type to panic.
But when you feel a strange little flutter that seems to come from your heart, it’s hard not to feel alarmed.
That anxiety causes even more of a jitter. And that, my friend, is when the real panic sinks in, regardless of how tough you are.
First, I’ll give you the GOOD news. Most people have brief palpations from time to time, and most of those incidents are harmless.
The BAD news is irregular heartbeat conditions CAN be a major health concern in seniors. And I’m willing to bet you’ve heard the old myth that the caffeine in coffee is to blame.
Many older Americans have quit their beloved morning brew as a result. And, I’ll be honest, in my book that nearly qualifies as a tragedy.
But new research shows why you DON’T have to give up your coffee to protect your heart. In fact, if you do it right, that daily cuppa mud just might help keep it beating steady as a drum instead.
How COFFEE could help your heart rhythm
I get it. We’ve been told coffee is bad for your heart for so long now, it’s only natural to think you need to give it up when you’re worried about heart rhythm problems such as arrhythmias.
And sure, it might SEEM like there’s a link.
After all, if you’re caffeine-sensitive or simply have had a little too much coffee, you might get a little tremble or the shakes. And it may seem like those same “caffeine jitters” could throw your heart out of whack, right?
But that’s not what happens in reality.
A new study of more than 300,000 Brits finds that a coffee habit, even a regular, steady, daily mug or more, makes NO DIFFERENCE in the risk of developing those scary arrhythmias.
In fact, surprisingly, it’s the other way around. Coffee could actually offer a little bit of protection from them.
Researchers found a small but statistically significant reduction in arrhythmia risk among the coffee drinkers. Every daily cup you drink could cut the risk by three percent, according to researchers. So three mugs a day means your odds of suffering from an arrhythmia may drop by nearly 10 percent.
Drive down health risks with a cup of Joe
But that’s not even the biggest benefit of coffee.
Studies show coffee can actually PROTECT you from some of the conditions you fear most, including…
Stroke: A study of women found two or three cups a day could cut the risk of stroke by nearly 20 percent.
Dementia: Coffee may reduce your levels of dementia-linked beta-amyloid plaques by half. And three to five cups a day could cut the risk of developing the disease by 20 percent.
Cancer: Studies show coffee could help reduce your risk for cancers of the prostate, liver, mouth, throat, and more.
And of course, a regular coffee habit has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, heart attack, and heart failure.
So unless there are special circumstances, and you’ve been advised by a doctor to give up coffee or caffeine, most experts agree you can keep on enjoying your morning cup of “bean juice.” And if you ask me, that’s how you avoid a true tragedy.