Study: Coffee May Lower Risk For Clogged Arteries

Go ahead, have another cup of coffee, it might help your heart. A new study out of Brazil looked at more than 4,400 residents of Sao Paulo, asking them about their coffee-drinking habits. They correlated their answers with their coronary artery calcium, or CAC, readings. CAC scans look for signs of calcium buildup in the heart’s arteries, which can ultimately trigger a heart attack. They found participants who were in the habit of drinking more than three cups of coffee per day had “decreased odds of coronary calcification.” One issue: the study couldn’t prove cause-and effect, and coffee didn’t seem to help the arteries of smokers