Young man suffered heart failure after having four cans of energy drink every day for two years


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21-year old university student developed heart failure after “excessive” consumption of energy drinks, according to a new article in a leading medical journal.

The man drank four 500ml energy drinks a day for two years before he needed hospital treatment for heart failure, according to a new BMJ Case Report.

The university student required intensive care treatment and was so ill that medics were considering whether he needed an organ transplant.

He sought care after suffering for four months with shortness of breath and weight loss.

Blood tests, scans, and ECG readings revealed that he had both heart and kidney failure – with the kidney failure linked to a long standing and previously undiagnosed condition.

“We report a case of severe biventricular heart failure potentially related to excessive energy drink consumption in a 21-year-old man,” the authors from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, wrote.

They said that the man had no medical history other than excessive intake of energy drinks – highlighted that each can the man was drinking contains 160mg of caffeine.

The doctors treating him considered a number of diagnoses, but concluded: “Energy drink-induced cardiotoxicity was felt to be the most likely cause.”

The authors said that in the three months prior to his hospital admission he was unable to continue his university studies due to his lethargy and feelings of ill health.

He spent 58 days in hospital, including a stint on the intensive care unit, which he described as “traumatising”.



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