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High Levels of Caffeine in Energy Drinks May Cause Heart Problems: Study

Caffeinated energy drinks may lead to severe cardiac complications, a new study has found.

The high levels of caffeine in energy drinks may lead to severe cardiac complications, according to a new case report published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by energy drink side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

Update: FDA Bans Caffeine Sold in Bulk Following 2 Deaths

April 16, 2018 – The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it is banning the sale of pure and bulk caffeine products after 2 young men died from an accidental overdose. Dietary supplements that contain pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms “present a significant public health threat,” FDA said in a Public Health Alert.

What’s the Problem?

August 3, 2016 – The report looked at the case of a 28-year-old man hospitalized after vomiting blood. The patient’s only abnormality (other than obesity) was a rapid heart rate (tachycardia) — approximately 130 beats per minute.

An electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation (a-fib), a common type of arrhythmia that can cause serious complications if left untreated. Subsequent testing found no other heart problems.

The man said he typically consumed 2 Monster energy drinks per day (320 milligrams of caffeine), in addition to 2 to 3 beers. No other causes of a-fib were apparent.

With prescription medications, the patient’s condition improved over 48 hours. Endoscopy revealed a tear in the stomach and esophagus, likely caused by forced vomiting. The man was discharged from the hospital in stable condition; at one year’s follow-up, he had no additional symptoms of a-fib.

Although a number of factors might have contributed to the patient’s condition, the researchers concluded that “We believe that energy drink consumption played a key role,” noting that the 160 milligrams in a single Monster energy drink is about 4 times higher than in a caffeinated soft drink.

The study’s authors reviewed the existing medical literature and found at least 8 cases of cardiovascular events associated with energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull. Mechanisms by which the high caffeine content of these products might lead to cardiovascular events include other ingredients such as taurine which could heighten the effects of caffeine, using energy drinks along with alcohol or drugs, and high stress levels.

This and other studies are “suggestive but not conclusive” that the caffeine in energy drinks may cause abnormal heart rhythms and other cardiac side effects. “We suggest that arrhythmia could be a complication of energy drink consumption,” the researchers said. They recommended that healthcare providers inquire about energy drink consumption in otherwise healthy young patients with unexplained heart problems.

Do I Have an Energy Drink Lawsuit?

The Product Liability 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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