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We have some potentially great news for coffee drinkers! Preliminary research findings presented at the 2017 scientific sessions of the American Heart Association showed that drinking coffee can actually help lower your risk of heart failure and stroke. 

While carrying out this latest research study, researchers utilized a data analyzing machine from the Framingham Heart study, which details information regarding what people need to consume to boost their cardiovascular health. The researchers concluded that, drinking that extra cup of coffee every week can actually reduce the risk of stroke by 8%, and further lower the risk of heart failure by 7%.

According to the lead researcher, Laura Stevens, the link between coffee drinking and reduced risk of stroke and heart failure had been consistently noted in other studies. She further noted that this recent research demonstrated that drinking an extra cup of this beverage each day can have an associated reduction of each outcome.

As much as high caffeine content present in coffee has elicited health concerns over consumption of coffee, there is an overwhelming amount of antioxidants in this beverage that have been linked to several health benefits—key among them being protection against several types of cancers. But as much as high antioxidant levels in coffee may be beneficial for lowering the risk of heart failure and stroke, further research is still needed.

Stevens also noted that machine learning works much the same way as online websites predict products that consumers may like depending on their shopping history, and thus it is one way of analyzing big data. Just to ensure that their results were valid and to determine the direction of the risk, researchers further analyzed the results from the machine learning via the use of traditional analysis in two other studies with similar types of data.

The two studies are Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities and the Cardiovascular Heart Study. The researchers consistently noted the link between reduced risk of stroke and heart failure in all the three studies.

Whereas several risk factors for developing stroke and heart failure are well-documented, the researchers still believe that there are other unidentified risk factors. Consequently, the researchers advocate for the use of machine learning for purposes of establishing other risk factors of stroke and heart failure, so as to come up with 100% accurate risk assessments.

The results from the machine further noted that red meat can also lower the risk of stroke and heart failure. However, the researchers couldn’t arrive at the same conclusion as the one regardin gcoffee, thanks to different definitions of red meat. In fact, a press release noted that this kind of study only succeeded in demonstrating an established association, but failed to prove the real cause and effect. Nevertheless, researchers are currently carrying out a research to establish the effect of red meat consumption on stroke and heart failure.

However, the American Heart Association discourages consumption of red meat, owing to the fact that it is loaded with saturated fat, and it can significantly increase the risk of developing these two conditions. Instead, it encourages regular consumption of whole grains, vegetables, fish, poultry, and low-fat dairy products.



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