A 21-year-old college student suffered from heart failure after “excessive” consumption of energy drinks, a medical journal report has revealed.
The man drank four 500ml cans a day for two years, leaving him in intensive care and unable to complete his education, shows the BMJ Case Report.
For four months, he suffered from shortness of breath and severe weight loss, before being admitted to the hospital.
He spent 58 days there, including a period of intensive care, which he described as “traumatic”.
Doctors considered giving her an organ transplant after tests revealed that her heart and kidneys had failed.
Kidney failure was linked to a longstanding but previously undiagnosed disease, the authors of the Guy’s and St Thomas article ‘NHS Foundation Trust in London Noted.
“We report a case of severe biventricular heart failure potentially linked to excessive consumption of energy drinks in a 21-year-old man,” they said.
“Energy drink-induced cardiotoxicity” was the “most likely cause” of his heart failure, they added.
The student, who was not named in the report, had no other medical history, but the cans he drank each contained 160 mg of caffeine.
Contributing to the article himself, he said he suffers from painful withdrawal symptoms when not consuming energy drinks and called for better warnings on labels.
“When I drank up to four energy drinks a day, I suffered from tremors and heart palpitations, which interfered with my ability to focus on daily tasks and my studies at university,” he says.
“I also suffered from severe migraines which often occurred during times when I was not drinking energy drinks; it also restricted my ability to perform daily chores and even leisure activities like going to the park or taking a ..
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