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Coffee intake and death from coronary heart disease

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7045.1539 (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1539

Coffee may have both short and long term effects

  1. Roberto Marchioli,
  2. Rocco Di Mascio,
  3. Rosa Maria Marfisi,
  4. Felice Vitullo,
  5. Gianni Tognoni
  1. Senior investigator Consultant Research assistant Research assistant Head of department On behalf of the Progetto 3A Investigators Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri—Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, Santa Maria Imbaro (Chieti), Italy

    EDITOR,—I Stensvold and colleagues found that a previously reported association between coffee consumption and mortality from coronary heart disease had been weakened by six more years of follow up, and they suggest that this could be due to a decreased intake of boiled coffee.1 When, however, they excluded subjects who were referred to a doctor because of their coronary risk, and when they analysed more than 23000 subjects included some years later in an identical study (thus using a more recent evaluation of the distribution of risk factors), the coefficient for coffee drinking was slightly …

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