A 20-year-old woman has claimed she suffered a heart attack after swallowing a scoop of undiluted pre-workout powder, prompting experts to warn of the dangers of the viral ‘dry scooping’ trend seen on TikTok.
Briatney Portillo, an Only fans star and Florida stripper, shared her scary experience in a series of TikTok videos, in which she said she rushed to the emergency room after her left arm went limp – a sign of a heart attack.
“I took a dry pre-workout scoop because I saw it trending on TikTok,” she captioned a clip of herself in the hospital in April. “Went in the hospital because I had a heart attack.”
Scary: Briatney Portillo, 20, claimed she had a heart attack after swallowing an undiluted scoop of pre-workout powder in viral video filmed in hospital
Story time: Portillo said she experienced chest tightness and pain after dry shoveling, but at first she thought it was fear
Portillo’s video has been viewed more than 2.3 million times and received thousands of comments, with some TikTokers saying the same had happened to them.
Fans of pre-workout supplements, or “pre-workouts” for short, claim they improve exercise performance, but some experts say they can be dangerous, especially if used incorrectly.
Pre-workout supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and while the ingredients vary by brand, amino acids, B vitamins, caffeine, creatine and artificial sweeteners are usually included, according to health line.
They often come in powder form and must be mixed with water before consumption. However, the new trend of dry scooping on TikTok is causing people to pour the performance-enhancing powder down their throats so it gets into the bloodstream faster, which can have harmful side effects.
Horrific: The Only Fans star said she called an ambulance later that night after her left arm and side went limp, which she knew were signs of a heart attack
“After taking the pre-workout, I started to feel tingling and itching all over my body, which was not a good feeling, but I googled it and it said it was a normal side effect,” Portillo told me. BuzzFeed.
The exotic dancer ignored the symptoms and continued her training, mistaking the tightness in her chest for fear.
“I started to feel a heaviness in my chest and mild pain, but it wasn’t too bad,” she explained. “I thought maybe it was anxiety or a severe panic attack, so I just decided to ignore it and continue my training.”
As the chest pain subsided, Portillo began to feel nauseous and lightheaded. She went home, showered and went to the club where she dances. She said she was getting ready in the cold locker room when she suddenly felt warm.
What do you say? After doing some tests, she was determined to have an NSTEMI heart attack, which is usually less harmful
Warm-up: Portillo explained that she shared her story on TikTok to save others from making the same mistake as her
“I started sweating a lot and was soaked even though I was wearing a bikini. Then my chest pain came back and this time it was more intense,” she told BuzzFeed. “The pain went to my back and to my left arm and my left arm went a little limp, so I knew these were symptoms of a heart attack. I called 911 and the ambulance came.’
Medical professionals initially didn’t think she was having a heart attack because of her young age. After doing some tests, they determined she was having an NSTEMI heart attack, which is usually less damaging.
She received an intravenous infusion of heparin to thin her blood and stayed overnight in the hospital for observation, but luckily there was no permanent damage to her heart.
In a follow-up video, Portillo explained that she was scooping Redcon1’s Total War pre-workout powder dry.
Redcon1 suggests mixing the powder with four to six ounces of water and drinking it 30 minutes before exercise.
WHAT IS DRY SCOOPING?
Dry scooping involves swallowing a dry scoop of pre-workout powder rather than diluting it in water before a workout.
Pre-workout supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and may contain high amounts of caffeine
While ingredients vary by brand, amino acids, B vitamins, caffeine, creatine and artificial sweeteners are usually included, according to health line.
The new dry scooping trend on TikTok has people pouring the performance-enhancing powder down their throats so it gets into the bloodstream faster.
The fad can have harmful side effects, including increased heart rate and blood pressure.
One scoop contains about 350 milligrams of caffeine, about three times the amount found in a cup of coffee.
Portillo believes she would have had a reaction even if she diluted the pre-workout powder, as she has a low caffeine tolerance. She said she knew she was having a heart attack and had no fear when her “left side went limp.”
While she warned against dry shoveling by sharing her story, other TikTokers have posted videos of their own health concerns after trying the trend.
dr. Nicole Harkin, a cardiologist based in San Francisco, told BuzzFeed that taking a large amount of a pre-workout can acutely increase heart rate and blood pressure, while warning of the dry scoop trend.
Wild: Other TikTokers have been posting videos of their own health issues after trying the trend. A woman couldn’t breathe afterwards and needed an inhaler after dry shoveling
Yikes: Someone else spit the powder on her boyfriend and threw up when she tried it herself
‘Using a product other than what the manufacturer intended, such as dry shoveling, is rarely a good idea. It’s meant to be diluted, and if you don’t, it could potentially have serious consequences for the body,” she said.
dr. Harkin added that anyone with heart disease, high blood pressure, or arrhythmias should consult their doctor before trying a pre-workout supplement.
Meanwhile, Dr. Satjit Bhusri, cardiologist and founder of Upper East Side Cardiology set the trend with ‘the ephedrine craze for weight loss that is now banned.”
‘As a pure dry powder there is no dilution and the rapid absorption into your bloodstream results in an immediate release of supplements. Of these, it is the incredibly high dose of caffeine that gets into the blood very quickly. This, like ephedrine, causes an abrupt surge in adrenaline and puts the heart into overdrive,” he said Fox news.
“In people who have undiagnosed coronary artery disease, there is a mismatch between supply and demand for oxygen because the heart demands more and more, but due to an undiagnosed block the supply is not there, leading to a heart attack.”
dr. Bhusri added: ‘The increase in heart rate can also be a trigger for underlying arrhythmias. This can lead to a stroke, among other things.’