Two new studies are once again linking cardiovascular issues to the consumption of energy drinks.
One study published in the International Journal of Cardiology, Australia, surveyed patients between the ages of 13 and 40 who had been hospitalized for cardiovascular complications. About 70 percent of the patients had previously consumed an energy drink.
According to the study’s co-author, 36 percent of the hospitalized patients had consumed one energy drink in the last 24 hours. Eight patients had consumed a large amount of energy drinks in their lifetime and at least one patient admitted to mixing energy drinks with alcohol. The patients who consumed energy drinks were found to have a higher frequency of heart palpitations than those who did not.
Heart palpitations and chest pain were also seen in healthy patients who had consumed an energy drink, but had no risk factors of heart disease.
The study was completed in 2014 and 2015.
Another study, “Energy drinks: Increasing evidence of negative cardiovascular effects,” revealed that the consumption of two or more energy drinks in one day resulted in higher diastolic blood pressure and an increase in heart palpitations. The study noted that ingesting energy drinks with alcohol increased the frequency of heart palpitations.
Researchers wrote that recommendations for physicians should be considered as a way to educate consumers about the dangers of energy drinks.
While the studies focused on adults, about 40 percent of energy drink-related calls to poison control involve children under the age of 6. Children often suffered serious nerve system issues and heart complications.
Goldberg Finnegan continue to file lawsuits against energy drink companies in order to hold this industry accountable. If you have been injured by a dangerous energy drink, contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation.