Many people regard energy drinks as a miracle. After all, these potent beverages can easily power a person through an 18-hour work day and leave them still having enough energy to exercise and do chores.
However, a new study into the other effects of these energy drinks has revealed that these popular beverages are a quintessential “double-edged sword.” As reported by BBC News:
“The team from the University of Bonn in Germany imaged the hearts of 17 people an hour after they had an energy drink.
The study showed contractions were more forceful after the drink.
Researcher Dr Jonas Dorner said: “Until now, we haven’t known exactly what effect these energy drinks have on the function of the heart.
“The amount of caffeine is up to three times higher than in other caffeinated beverages like coffee or cola.
“There are many side effects known to be associated with a high intake of caffeine, including rapid heart rate, palpitations, rise in blood pressure and, in the most severe cases, seizures or sudden death.”
As mentioned in the excerpt, the overconsumption of energy drinks can easily lead to heart palpitations. A heart is said to palpitate when it beats too hard or too fast, creating a feeling of a “fluttering” heart or of the heart skipping a beat. In general, heart palpitations are not life-threatening.
More often than not, heart palpitations are caused by stress, strenuous exercise, or an overconsumption of stimulants like nicotine or caffeine. As such, many people who experience heart palpitations do not feel the need to have the condition examined by a medical professional.
Unfortunately, frequent cases of heart palpitations can be early warning signs that trouble could be brewing underneath the surface. People who experience frequent heart palpitations should visit a Paine Field, Everett urgent care center, like U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, and have an experienced doctor screen him or her for dangerous medical conditions such as arrhythmia or hyperthyroidism.
If you ever experience heart palpitations, do not hesitate to visit a reputable Paine Field, Everett walk-in clinic to have yourself examined by a medical professional. Although there is a good chance the heart palpitations are not a cause for concern, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Should test results show signs of a serious heart condition; the doctor can then prescribe the necessary medication.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Caffeine energy drinks ‘intensify heart conractions’, BBC News, December 2, 2013)