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Cardiovascular health

Risk of Atrial Fibrilation Associated with Coffee Intake: Findings from the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study

E Mostofsky et al, 2015
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, published online ahead of print
January 4, 2016



There have been discrepant findings on whether coffee consumption is associated with the rate of developing atrial fibrillation (AF).


We used data on 57,053 participants (27,178 men and 29,875 women) aged 50-64 years in the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health study. All participants provided information on coffee intake via food-frequency questionnaires at baseline. Incident AF was identified using nationwide registries. During a median follow-up of 13.5 years, 3415 AF events occurred. Compared with no intake, coffee consumption was inversely associated with AF incidence, with multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios of 0.93 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.74-1.15) for more than none to <1 cup/day, 0.88 (95% CI 0.71-1.10) for 1 cup/day, 0.86 (95% CI 0.71-1.04) for 2-3 cups/day, 0.84 (95% CI 0.69-1.02) for 4-5 cups/day, 0.79 (95% CI 0.64-0.98) for 6-7 cups/day and 0.79 (95% CI 0.63-1.00) for >7 cups/day (p-linear trend = 0.02).


In this large population-based cohort study, higher levels of coffee consumption were associated with a lower rate of incident AF.

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