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Energy Drinks Worse for Your Heart than Caffeine Alone: Study

Study links energy drink the side effects of energy drinks to heart problems greater than those seen with caffeine alone.

A new study has linked the side effects of energy drinks to an increased risk for heart problems beyond those seen with caffeine alone.

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What’s the Problem?

April 27, 2017 – The study, which was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), compared a caffeinated drink mixture to a commercial energy drink that also contains caffeine. The results indicated that caffeine alone may not be responsible for the heart health problems associated with the beverages.

“For the 1 in 3 Americans who already have hypertension, this increase in blood pressure from consuming energy drinks could pose a potentially serious risk,” said Emily A. Fletcher, Pharm.D., lead author of the study.

Test subjects included 18 healthy men and women ages 18 to 40. Half were given a 32-ounce serving of an unspecified commercially available energy drink. The others received a control drink: 32 ounces of carbonated water, cherry syrup, lime juice, and caffeine.

Each beverage contained 320 mg of caffeine, but the energy drink also contained a “proprietary energy blend,” a mix that included B vitamins, amino acids taurine and L-carnitine, the sugar alcohol inositol, and plant compounds such as panax ginseng extract and guarana extract.

The study’s authors measured the electrical activity of the subjects’ hearts and their systolic blood pressure immediately before consumption of the drink, and 1, 2, 4, 6, and 24 hours later.

At 2 hours, the hearts of the test subjects who were given energy drinks showed evidence of QTc prolongation, a condition sometimes associated with life-threatening changes in the heartbeat. The control group did not experience these side effects.

Fletcher suspects that the “proprietary blend” of ingredients in the commercial energy drink may prolong caffeine’s activity in the body, prevent it from being excreted, or that these substances “may have activity of their own above and beyond caffeine.”

Do I Have a Energy Drink Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

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