“Unexpected” risks of energy drinks for heart patients

A recent study published by “Medical Xpress” has raised alarms about the potential risks of consuming energy drinks among individuals with heart diseases.

The study, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, analyzed data from a group of 144 sudden cardiac arrest survivors and found that seven patients (5%) had consumed one or more energy drinks shortly before their cardiac event.

While the findings do not prove a direct causal relationship, they suggest that energy drinks may pose significant risks to some individuals, prompting medical specialists to recommend moderation in consumption.

Dr. Michael Ackerman, the lead researcher at the Mayo Clinic, emphasized the importance of understanding the effects of energy drinks on patients who have a genetic predisposition to heart diseases.

Energy drinks typically contain caffeine levels ranging from 80 mg to 300 mg per serving, compared to about 100 mg in a 237-milliliter cup of brewed coffee.

Additionally, these drinks often include other stimulants such as taurine and guarana, which are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

These ingredients can affect heart rate, blood pressure, heart contraction, and cardiac repolarization, potentially leading to arrhythmias.

The study authors highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach to understanding the nutritional impacts on heart health, noting that foods fall within the category of arrhythmias.

They recommended further research and increased awareness about the potential cardiac risks associated with energy drink consumption, especially for those with underlying genetic heart conditions.

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