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Why Energy Drinks and Your Children Don’t Mix

Energy drinks won’t only cause your young children to bounce off the walls – they may cause an irregular heartbeat, too. A study recently presented at an American Heart Association (AHA) meeting revealed that children younger than age 6 represented more than 40 percent of the emergency calls to poison centers that were related to … Read More

Coffee vs. Energy Drinks: A Caffeine Wake-Up Call

Patients often have questions about the safety of coffee, caffeinated soft drinks and other drinks that contain caffeine. I typically tell them that there have been many studies of caffeine over decades, and to date, the vast majority indicate that there is no adverse effect on heart health with normal doses.

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Buzz Kill: Energy Drinks

The instant buzz you get after downing an energy drink gives your body a lift in other ways—increased blood pressure and a prolonged QT interval, which could spell heart problems. Results from a meta analysis of how energy drinks affect heart health weren’t all that surprising, but they do raise enough concern to warrant a … Read More