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Important warning as popular drink could trigger ‘sudden cardiac arrest’

MOST people will consume some form of caffeine every day.

It can be a cup of coffee, tea, or a fizzy drink – drunk to calm us down and help us focus.

Energy drinks can trigger sudden cardiac arrests even in healthy people

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Many people will gulp down energy drinks to stay alert.

These often contain large amounts of caffeine, which can be dangerous.

Too many can trigger sudden cardiac arrest, even in healthy people, a study found.

Guarana is a common ingredient in energy drinks and when combined with other elements, it can produce unexpected reactions.

It is often blended with ginseng or taurine for flavor and an extra kick.

But authors of research published in the Anatolian Journal of Cardiology in 2017 said there was a risk of “unexplained cardiac arrests among young people after consuming energy drinks.”

The risk increases even further when energy drinks are mixed with alcohol.

They wrote: “It seems clear that energy drinks, some beverages and some dietary supplements containing stimulants can lead to critical and rarely irreversible cardiovascular events in the young population.”

Caffeine is generally safe to consume and enjoy, but it can be harmful in larger doses.

The scientists warned that energy drinks “could lead to catastrophic events via fatal arrhythmias.”

Sudden cardiac arrest often occurs without warning, triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).

Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest, occurs when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood around your body.

Someone who has suffered cardiac arrest will collapse unconscious.

Their breathing is irregular and may stop, and they are unresponsive.

It comes after we shared how a study found a popular drink “doubles” the risk of colon cancer in adults who have more than two a day.

It’s the second-deadliest form of the disease in Britain – and those who swallow certain drinks could put themselves at risk of contracting the disease.

Colon cancer, which kills 16,000 Britons every year, starts in the colon and usually develops from precancerous growths called polyps.

Not all become cancerous, but if your doctor finds any, they will tend to remove them to prevent cancer.

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But if caught early, it can be cured — and living a healthy lifestyle can make a world of difference in your chances of getting it.

Research published in the journal Gut found a link between sugar-sweetened beverages and the deadly disease.

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Tom Vazquez

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