K F Enga et al. (2011) Coffee consumption and the risk of venous thromboembolism – The Tromso Study, The Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, published online ahead of print.Print this page
Background: Several studies have investigated the association between coffee consumption
and cardiovascular disease, but little is known about coffee intake and risk of venous
Objective: The aim of this prospective cohort study was to investigate the association
between coffee consumption and risk of incident VTE in a general population.
Methods: Information about coffee consumption habits was obtained by a self-administered
questionnaire in 26 755 subjects, aged 25-97 years, who participated in the fourth survey of
the Tromsø study (1994-95). Incident VTE events were registered until the end of follow-up,
September 1, 2007.
Results: There were 462 incident VTE events (1.60 per 1000 person-years, 95% CI: 1.46-
1.75) during a median of 12.5 years of follow-up. A daily consumption of 3-4 cups was
borderline associated (HR: 0.70; 95% CI: 0.48-1.02), while 5-6 cups (HR: 0.67; 95% CI:
0.45-0.97) of coffee was significantly associated with reduced risk of VTE compared to coffee
abstainers in multivariable analysis adjusted for age, sex, BMI, smoking status, physical
activity, diabetes, history of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Similar risk estimates were
found for provoked and unprovoked VTE, and in sex-stratified analyses.
Conclusion: Our findings suggest a possible U-shaped relation between coffee consumption
and VTE, and that moderate coffee consumption may be associated with reduced risk of VTE.
However, more studies are needed to establish whether a moderate coffee consumption is
inversely associated with the risk of VTE.
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