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Med J Aust. 2009 Jan 5;190(1):41-3.

Cardiac arrest in a young man following excess consumption of caffeinated "energy drinks".

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Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia.


An otherwise healthy 28-year-old man had a cardiac arrest after a day of motocross racing. He had consumed excessive amounts of a caffeinated "energy drink" throughout the day. We postulate that a combination of excessive ingestion of caffeine- and taurine-containing energy drinks and strenuous physical activity can produce myocardial ischaemia by inducing coronary vasospasm.

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