A new study has revealed a link between energy drink consumption and hospital admissions for heart complications in people under 40.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that drinking more than two energy drinks per day is associated with heart problems that include a fast heartbeat, heart palpitations and chest pain.
The study found 36 per cent of patients aged between 13 and 40 who attended a South Australian emergency department with heart palpitations had consumed at least one energy drink in the previous 24 hours.
Dr Ian Musgrave, of the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Pharmacology told The Advertiser different brands of energy drinks contained a mixture of ingredients that create a “toxic combination” and are even more harmful when consumed with alcohol.
“Different brands of energy drinks contain different ingredients, but most of them combine high levels of caffeine with large quantities of sugar as well as vitamins and herbal extracts,” he said.
He believes more research needs to be conducted to determine what ingredients in energy drinks lead to adverse heart reactions.
The study has been published in the International Journal of Cardiology.