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Adverse Cardiovascular Events After Ingestion of Energy Drinks

Adverse Cardiovascular Events After Ingestion of Energy Drinks | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Energy drink (ED) consumption has been linked to several adverse event reports, but there is limited data on related cardiovascular (CV) complications.. We searched case reports in peer-reviewed journals from 1980, to 2013, in which an acute CV event was associated temporally with ED consumption.

We identified 14 eligible articles involving 15 cases (5 atrial arrhythmias, 5 ventricular arrhythmias, 1 QT prolongation, 4 ST-segment elevations). Two additional cases of cardiac arrest from our institution are included. Of these 17 cases of ED-related acute CV events (13 male cases; 15 cases aged <30 years, age range 13 to 58 years), only 1 had minor previous cardiac disease. Cardiac investigations did not reveal any predisposing cardiac abnormality in the majority of cases. Of the 11 cases related to a serious event (i.e., cardiac arrest, ventricular arrhythmia, or ST-segment elevations), 5 reported acute heavy ED consumption, 4 reported co-ingestions with alcohol or other drugs, and 2 were found to have a channelopathy. Potential mechanisms of ED-related cardiac events are reviewed. In conclusion, several adverse CV events after consuming ED have been reported in the literature. Although causality cannot be inferred from our series, physicians should routinely inquire about ED consumption in relevant cases, and vulnerable consumers such as youth should be advised that caution is warranted with heavy consumption and/or with concomitant alcohol or drug ingestion.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The ingredients in energy drinks present theoretical risk for arrhythmia's.  The risk, however is not born out by this report based on the few cases (17 cases) presented in the literature.  This may be related to poor reporting by clinicians, of events which have a possible or probable linkage to energy drink use, 

askdrmaxwell's curator insight, January 27, 4:50 PM

Energy drinks are not good for your health. They contain excessive amounts of caffeine and potentially-harmful additives and preservatives. 

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Anyone Can Save A Life

Anyone Can Save A Life | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Anyone Can Save A Life is a first-of-its-kind emergency response program for after-school practices and events.


Key Take Away: My community has done a great job acquiring Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) for schools, churches and public places.  HOWEVER, these devices will not be life saving unless people know where the nearest AED is and how to use it.  This is a great program to get schools to create confident and rapid use in the setting of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  By implementing Anyone Can Save A Life, the school community is ‘heart safe’–equipped and prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies that may take place during after-school athletic and activity practices and events.

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