A man from Texas suffered a massive heart attack and ended up in the hospital when he was just 26 years old – and his doctors blame the young man's habit of consuming eight to ten energy drinks a day.
The 26-year-old went to first aid at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso with chest pain and left arm that lasted nine hours, according to a article from case reports in emergency medicine
All the vital functions of the patient seemed normal, but then doctors found a completely blocked artery from his heart.
The man revealed that he usually drank eight to ten cans – about four liters – of energy drinks, such as Monster, every day and that his chest pain came up shortly thereafter.
The authors believe that this unhealthy habit caused a blood clot and in turn led to a heart attack.
A 26-year-old man from Texas suffered a heart attack after drinking eight to ten energy drinks a day, such as Monster and Rock Star (file image)
In the report, the authors wrote that the 26-year-old Spanish man visited the emergency department with pain in the left side of his chest that radiated to his left arm.
He also told doctors that the left arm had become numb, he had sweated excessively and felt so sick that he had even vomited.
These are all common signs of a heart attack, but a heart condition of this kind is rare in otherwise healthy young people, so the young man or the doctors did not immediately suspect that this could happen.
When medical staff examined him, they discovered that his vital functions – including heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels – were all normal.
Yet the young man's symptoms suggested something was wrong with his cardiovascular system.
To find out, doctors have performed a heart catheterization, where a thin tube is inserted into the groin, neck or arm and threaded to the blood vessels to diagnose heart disease.
The procedure revealed a complete blockage of one of his left arteries and other & # 39; mild irregularities & # 39 ;.
Then the man revealed that he regularly drank eight to ten energy drinks a day, including Monster and Rock Star.
& # 39; The patient stated that he drank any kind of energy drink to which he could gain access & # 39 ;, wrote the authors of the report.
Energy drinks such as Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy contain approximately 0.34 milligrams of caffeine per milliliter.
According to the report, this means that the patient consumed between 1.2 grams and 1.6 grams of caffeine per day – four times the amount recommended by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The authors of the report believe that drinking so much caffeine caused the walls of his coronary artery – which carries oxygen-rich blood to the heart – to contract.
This can lead to the formation of a serious blood clot and in turn cause a heart attack.
In recent years, scientists have shed light on various adverse effects that energy drinks can cause.
April 2017 study from the David Grant USAF Medical Center in California discovered that one 32 ounce energy drink can cause dangerous arrhythmia, a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm.
And a February 2018 study from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, discovered that half of Canadian teenagers who consumed energy drinks had health problems, including a rapid heartbeat, nausea, and in rare cases, seizures.
More recently, a November 2018 study from the University of Texas at Houston discovered that only one energy drink narrows blood vessels, limiting blood flow to vital organs and increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
The patient had a stent or tube in his blocked artery to improve blood flow. After two days he was released and told not to consume energy drinks anymore.
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