Coffee lovers, rejoice! The new three large, well-known heart disease studies circulated by the American Heart Association suggest that drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee may reduce heart failure risk. The findings, however, found that drinking decaffeinated coffee did not have the same benefit and may be associated with an increased risk for heart failure. There is not yet enough clear evidence to recommend increasing coffee consumption to decrease the risk of heart disease with the same strength and certainty as stopping smoking, losing weight, or exercising. Coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke are among the top causes of death from heart disease in the U.S.”The risks and benefits of drinking coffee have been topics of ongoing scientific interest due to the popularity and frequency of consumption worldwide,” said Linda Van Horn, Ph.D., R.D., professor and Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine’s Nutrition Division at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and member of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee. To analyze the outcomes of drinking caffeinated coffee, researchers categorized consumption as 0 cups per day, 1 cup per day, 2 cups per day, and 3 cups per day. Across the three studies, coffee consumption was self-reported, and no standard unit of the measure was available. In all three studies, people who reported drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee had an associated decreased long-term heart failure risk.