Energy drinks raise heart beats, blood pressure: study
As temperatures rise, it becomes very tempting to reach for an icy energy drink.
Hold it. It may be healthier to drink plain cool water, instead.
A clinical trial by researchers from University of the Pacific and David Grant Medical Center found that certain energy drinks may increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythm when consumed in high volumes.
Science Daily reported that out of 27 healthy volunteers between 18 to 40 years old, those who consumed two cans of energy drink per day every six days for three weeks showed a “statistically significant increase” of abnormal heart rhythm and experienced a slight increase in blood pressure.
The effects reportedly persisted for two hours after the energy was consumed.
In contrast, those who drank ginseng and placebo did not experience abnormal heart beat or higher blood pressure.
Phillip Oppenheimer, dean and professor of pharmacy practice at Pacific, was quoted by Science Daily was saying that the findings of the clinical research significant among young adults because energy drinks are consumed widely consumed by the college population.
Science Daily said energy drinks have been associated with sudden deaths.
It said the Center for Science in Public Interest, a consumer health advocacy group, collected reports of 34 deaths as of June 2014 that may have been associated with energy drinks.