Caffeine & Heart Health: Good for You or Not?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: You love your morning cup of coffee or afternoon espresso for its mid-afternoon boost. But could your caffeine habit be affecting your heart?
Air Date: 8/20/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John P. Higgins MD
2 Dr John HigginsJohn P. Higgins MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC is a sports cardiologist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (6th graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Caffeine & Heart Health: Good for You or Not?
Do you love that morning cup of coffee?

How about that afternoon espresso to give you the boost you need to last the rest of the day?

Do you like to drink soda with caffeine?

Some experts have suggested that caffeine is good for you in certain ways. But is it good when it comes to heart health? Or might your habit be sending you down the road to heart troubles?

Dr. John Higgins, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the effects of caffeine on your heart and to help settle the debate once and for it good for you or not?