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Energy Drinks and Your Heart

Friday, 01 June 2012 02:52 PM

The soaring popularity of energy drinks has come alongside increased reports of chest pain in people who wouldn’t ordinarily experience it, especially younger people.

This comes as no surprise to Magdalena Szotowska, M.D., who reported on a small study at the European Meeting on Hypertension 2012. Her team divided 18 volunteers into two groups who were directed to drink one of two types of energy drink: one containing 120 mg of caffeine and the second containing 360 mg of caffeine. Measurements of blood pressure and pulse rate were taken before and after.

Consumption of the energy drink containing 120 mg of caffeine didn’t significantly influence blood pressure and pulse rate compared with a placebo, but the drink with the larger amount of caffeine led to a 9 mmol increase in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased heart rate by five beats per minute. In addition, all of those who drank the energy drink with 360 mg of caffeine developed heartbeat irregularities, anxiety, and insomnia.

This research follows on the heels of reports from doctors in emergency rooms around the world who are seeing patients with chest pain, heartbeat irregularities, and other cardiac symptoms following the ingestion of energy drinks. The problems were more prominent in patients who consumed the drinks one after another.

But these drinks don’t only have unwelcome cardiac effects. Another study found that drinking these beverages is tantamount to bathing your teeth in acid.

The study, published in the journal General Dentistry, examined the acidity levels in 13 sports drinks and nine energy drinks to see how they would impact a tooth’s enamel. The researchers found enamel damage after as few as five days. In addition, they discovered that energy drinks in particular caused double the amount of damage to teeth that sports drinks caused.

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