Energy drinks and teens coming to ER with chest pain - page 6

I have seen an unreal amount of teen-young 20ish patients coming to the ER c/o severe chest pain after drinking 1-2 energy drinks. All have been negative on drug/alcohol screens and cardiac workups are also negative. I've never... Read More

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    Quote from amoLucia
    to storm - it's funny but I did think about you all with ADD/ADHD and how the drinks might work.
    Srry it took so long but no problem many different ways an energy drink effects a person

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    I know we've bashed this topic quite a bit but here is an article originally published by the Washington Post and aggregated by Stuff
    Monster drinks cited in five deaths | Stuff.co.nz
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    My husband, used to drink the Sugar-Free Rockstar energy drinks, just before he had his supra ventricular tachycardia attack. His pulse was clocked at 265bpm by the time the medics got him to ER. He is a healthy male, not overweight, athletic, 50 years old. But he loved those energy drinks. He now lives with 2 stints and an ICD (which was paid for because most people don't survive this level of v-tach) He luckily got into a case study for the Merlin @Home Device.

    The main killer in these drinks aren't the caffeine- believe it or not it's the guarana. This stuff is horrible for your heart, and shouldn't even be allowed to be legally added to any food item. (Not a nurse, but starting my pre-req's in the spring.)
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    Quote from Stephalump

    What do high schoolers need all that energy for, anyway? Pulling algebra all-nighters?
    Oh, I don't know, maybe cause of class all day, then parents have then in football, then baseball practice, they are probably working a part-time job then get home in time to do homework and up again to do it all over. Not to mention that I recall talking in Psych class about how teenagers actually need about 12 plus hours of sleep a night.
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    Quote from Pffle
    My husband, used to drink the Sugar-Free Rockstar energy drinks, just before he had his supra ventricular tachycardia attack. His pulse was clocked at 265bpm by the time the medics got him to ER. He is a healthy male, not overweight, athletic, 50 years old. But he loved those energy drinks. He now lives with 2 stints and an ICD (which was paid for because most people don't survive this level of v-tach) He luckily got into a case study for the Merlin @Home Device.

    The main killer in these drinks aren't the caffeine- believe it or not it's the guarana. This stuff is horrible for your heart, and shouldn't even be allowed to be legally added to any food item. (Not a nurse, but starting my pre-req's in the spring.)
    Ok, a stent would not be put in for side effects related to energy drinks, they are placed because of atherosclerotic plaque build-up which is blocking his coronary arteries.
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    The cardiologist cannot figure out why the v-tach happened to begin with, he did mention a woman died from a mitral valve prolapse from drinks containing it. That and taurine, I wouldn't be surprised of anything this stuff can do. My point was, it shouldn't be consumed, it's dangerous. Not sure about the stents either since they have done 2 heart caths, and innumerable echos and never saw a block, but because of a mystery arrhythmia decided to put the stents in. It did fix the arrhythmia. *shrug*
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    I get what you are saying, and I agree that kids should not be consuming it. Like others have said though, I do think people need to take more responsibility for themselves and their own health. However, this does not take into account the scary amount of people with far below average IQ who just don't get it.
    On the point a PP made, yes, I agree warning labels are getting out of hand. But there is a difference between 'Do not ingest laundry detergent' and 'do not mix energy drinks with alcohol' or 'do not drink more than X amount of energy drinks per day'. Since A) they are sold in bars and clubs together, and B) the advertisements say they are recommended by doctors and are marketed as healthy/sugar free/vitamins and supplements.

    On that note, I probably wouldn't have made it through full time nursing school and full time work without copious amounts of coffee and energy drinks. I was lucky, I am here and healthy today (as far as I know at least! :P)
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    Sorry to revive a somewhat dying post.....

    Out of curiosity... How do energy drinks compare with diet pills? Don't diet pills cause some nasty arrhythmias? Is this a similar issue?

    Thanks.
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    Quote from Pets to People

    Oh, I don't know, maybe cause of class all day, then parents have then in football, then baseball practice, they are probably working a part-time job then get home in time to do homework and up again to do it all over. Not to mention that I recall talking in Psych class about how teenagers actually need about 12 plus hours of sleep a night.
    We need it to stay awake in class


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