Energy Drinks May Increase Heart Malfunction, High Blood Pressure Risk

May 30, 2019

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Energy drinks might give you that extra jolt you need to get through your day, but they could be doing long-term damage to your health. A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that consuming the caffeinated beverages increases one's risk of developing heart abnormalities, irregular heart rhythms, and high blood pressure, UPI reports. In a study involving 34 healthy volunteers from ages of 18 and 40, researchers found that those who consumed energy drinks developed higher blood pressures and faster heartbeats than those who drink placebos. "Energy drinks are readily accessible and commonly consumed by a large number of teens and young adults, including college students," said Kate O'Dell, a researcher and co-author of the study. "Understanding how these drinks affect the heart is extremely important."