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Mil Med. 2009 Dec;174(12):1313-9.

Ventricular fibrillation associated with use of synephrine containing dietary supplement.

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51 MDOS/SGOE, Bldg. 777, Unit 2060 APO, AP 96278-2060, Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea.


As the prevalence of obesity increases in the United States, military personnel are turning to unregulated dietary supplements to aid in weight loss. Some of these supplements may cause more harm than benefit. We report the case of a 27-year-old active duty female who experienced an episode of ventricular fibrillation associated with the use of a dietary supplement containing synephrine. Recommendations for both physicians and the military regarding monitoring the use of these substances by active duty personnel are then provided.

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