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Energy Drinks May Raise Blood Pressure, Cardiac Risks

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New research suggests that healthy young adults who do not consume caffeine regularly have a higher blood pressure after consumption.

Researchers found that people experienced greater rise in resting blood pressure after consumption of a commercially available energy drink — compared to a placebo drink — thus raising the concern that energy drinks may increase the risk of cardiac events.

“We know that energy drink consumption is widespread and rising among young people. Concerns about the health safety of energy drinks have been raised. We and others have previously shown that energy drinks increase blood pressure,” Anna Svatikova, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “Now we are seeing that for those not used to caffeine, the concern may be even greater. Consumers should use caution when using energy drinks because they may increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, even among young people.”

For the study, researchers gave a can of a commercially available energy drink or a placebo drink to 25 healthy young adults, between the ages of 19 to 40, and assessed changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Blood pressure and heart rate were recorded before and 30 […]