Oct 31

Energy Drinks Affecting Cardiac Activity

This was written by pre-medical student Jorge Gonzalez with the intention of encouraging readers to take better care of oneself. The method of encouragement being used is Aristotle’s three pillars of rhetoric without the intention of withholding critical information or supplying false information. Instead, this method utilizes emotions to engage the audience, logic to make a claim, and credibility to support this claim.

An article by Sachin A. Shah of the University of the Pacific and published by the Journal of the American Heart Association finds that energy drinks can disrupt the heart’s electrical activity. The study found a prolonged QT interval and an increase of blood pressure for patients that drank commercially available energy drinks that contained: 300 mg of caffeine, taurine, glucuronolactone, B vitamins, and all in 32 fl oz. Studies did not find if the effect came from a specific source or a combination of ingredients (Cimino, Steve).

This disruption of the heart’s electrical activity can lead to rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation. This is part of the reason that our practice does not recommend soft drinks and for the reason that they contain fructose which could lead to diabetes and create pancreatic dysfunction. Diabetes is a common and serious concern and our practice does it’s best to lower the risk and reverse diabetes.

Work Cited:
Cimino, Steve. “Energy Drinks Increase BP and Disrupt the Heart’s Electrical Activity.” MDedge Cardiology, 11 July 2019, www.mdedge.com/familymedicine/article/201730/arrhythmias-ep/energy-drinks-increase-bp-and-disrupt-hearts-electrical.

No comments yet.

Add a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.