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Are there any problems with drinking energy drinks?

Jonathan A. Fialkow, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Research shows that energy drinks can cause shorter contraction times in the heart, which may disrupt normal function. The main concern is that over time, and with higher doses of caffeine consumed with multiple servings of the drinks, those shortened heart contractions may lead to scarring of the heart muscle and increased risk for higher blood pressure and potentially life-threatening arrhythmias.
Joane Goodroe
Nursing
Researchers think energy drinks can bring health risks linked to caffeine overdoses to kids, teens and young adults. The researchers say many energy drinks have about three times the caffeine in a cola, some have far more, and caffeine doesn’t have to be listed on the label.

Their review of medical literature links energy drinks to conditions such as seizures and heart problems, and says some young people are especially vulnerable.

At the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, researcher Steven Lipshultz says the drinks don’t help and can hurt: "My personal feeling is that children and teenagers and young adults should be discouraged from using this.’’

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