Study: Diet drinks linked to increased risk for heart attack

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A new study could be bad news for people who like diet soda.

The study, from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, says drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to a greater risk of heart attacks, clot-based strokes and early death in women over 50.

The risks are higher for women with no history of heart disease as well as women who are obese or African-American.

Previous research has shown links between diet beverages and stroke, dementia, diabetes and obesity.

Americans may be taking heed to these studies as the Beverage Marketing Corporation says bottle water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the top beverage by volume in 2016.