Coffee may protect against stroke
UCLA RESEARCH ALERT
Coffee use in the adult population is associated with a reduced prevalence of stroke, according to a UCLA analysis of national health survey data. The study found that the prevalence of stroke and several vascular risk factors decrease as the number of daily cups of coffee increases despite the tendency among heavy coffee drinkers to smoke.
Symptoms of transient ischemic attack or stroke are "far less common" in people reporting intake of more than six cups of coffee per day, said researchers, who advocate further studies to pursue the beneficial effects of coffee on stroke, including its potential blood-vessel protective properties.
Lead study author Dr. David Liebeskind, associate neurology director at the UCLA Stroke Center, is available for interviews.
The research was presented Feb. 19 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.
This study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.