The heart attack death of a 14-year-old Maryland girl allegedly caused by caffeine toxicity is an example of an alarming trend seen in hospitals around the country: children requiring emergency medical attention after consuming energy drinks. According to a Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality study, there has been more than a 1000% increase in hospital visits involving energy drinks since 2005. Side effects commonly associated with energy drinks include dizziness, irritability, nausea, nervousness, heart problems, and severe allergic reactions.
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What’s the problem?
Anais Fournier, who had a serious pre-existing heart condition, reportedly went into cardiac arrest after drinking two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks at the mall last December. Sadly, the 14-year-old was dead less than a week later. Fournier unknowingly consumed 480 milligrams of caffeine – the equivalent of 14 cans of Coke – and nearly five times the limit recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A spokesperson for Monster told NBC news,”we vehemently deny that drinking two cans of Monster Energy by itself can cause a death from caffeine toxicity.” The company was also quick to point out that their beverages contain less caffeine than many of the drinks sold at Starbucks and other popular coffee shops.
Since 2005, U.S. health professionals have reported a staggering 1000% increase in hospital emergency room visits involving energy drinks. In 2005, 1,128 such visits were reported. By 2008, that number jumped to 16,053, and in 2009, 13,114 ER visits involved energy drinks.
Energy Drink Side Effects
According to information gathered from a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, energy drinks are consumed by an estimated 30 to 50% of adolescents and young adults. Often containing extremely high and unregulated levels of caffeine, these beverages have been reportedly connected to serious side effects including:
- allergic reactions including rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the (mouth, face, lips, or tongue), diarrhea, shakiness, trouble sleeping, vomiting
- severe fatigue from withdrawal
- breast shrinkage in females
The risk for these types of side effects is greatly increased in children, adolescents, and young adults with the following health issues:
- cardiac abnormalities
- mood and behavioral disorders
- users of certain prescription medications
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