Do you grab an energy drink when you start to drag in the afternoon? You might want to think twice about the habit. A new study has shown energy drinks have the potential to cause abnormal heart activity and increase blood pressure.
In the recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, scientists discovered the people who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour or less experienced changes to the electrical activity within the heart that lasted up to four hours. These changes in heart activity can lead to potentially life-threatening heart arrhythmias in some cases.
In addition to the electrical disturbances, researchers found that the consumption of the energy drinks significantly raised blood pressure for up to four hours afterward as well. The effects were much more intense than the typical results of caffeine alone.
This is not the first study to warn about the potential dangers of energy drink consumption. A study last year found even one beverage can have a negative effect on blood flow. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston found one 24-ounce energy drink can narrow blood vessels, making the vessels must work harder to pump blood through them. This can cause damage to the vessels over time, increasing your risk for numerous cardiovascular conditions.
Scientists theorize that it is the high concentration of ingredients found within energy drinks that is problematic and the reason other caffeinated beverages don’t pose the same danger. Many medical professionals recommend finding other, healthier ways to get an energy boost when you need one.
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