A new study revealed that deaths from a heart attack or a stroke could be prevented with the help of green tea. This cup of goodness contains compounds that are capable of breaking up plaque that was linked to blockages that lead to the dangerous condition.

Do you know that about 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack every year? This was the data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Out of this staggering number, 525,000 were considered as first attacks, while the 210,000 comprised of people who have had previous heart attacks. The number is worrisome, considering that the rising incidence of heart attacks was attributed to the unhealthy lifestyle of men and women at present times.

As per Express’ report, the British Heart Foundation also stated that deaths from a heart attack have risen for the first time in five decades. The parallelism between studies on heart attacks coming from different medical institutions has led to the search for the best drink that could help avoid the condition.

The latest research has found that green tea can prevent deaths brought about by a heart attack or a stroke. Green tea contains a compound that helps in breaking up plaques that were linked to forming life-threatening blockages in the body. Part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, the research found that the same compound can even dissolve the dangerous protein plaques that are located in the blood vessels.

“Our bodies are very good at breaking down EGCG, so swapping your cuppa for green tea is unlikely to make a big difference concerning your heart health. But by engineering the molecule slightly, we might be able to make new medicines to treat heart attack and stroke,” explained Professor Jeremy Pearson, British Heart Foundation Associate.

Previous studies have already led to the conclusion that green tea can help in preventing heart attacks. In 2011, there was a study that found that drinking green tea helps reduce cholesterol. In 2014, drinking green tea also helped in lowering blood pressure. The authors of the study noted that they could not determine whether these modest reductions could help in preventing heart disease.