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World J Cardiol. 2017 Nov 26;9(11):796-806. doi: 10.4330/wjc.v9.i11.796.

Effects of energy drinks on the cardiovascular system.

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1
Department of Family Medicine, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, United States.
2
Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, New York, NY 10016, United States.
3
Department of Cardiology, Northwell Health/Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY 11554, United States.

Abstract

Throughout the last decade, the use of energy drinks has been increasingly looked upon with caution as potentially dangerous due to their perceived strong concentration of caffeine aside from other substances such as taurine, guarana, and L-carnitine that are largely unknown to the general public. In addition, a large number of energy drink intoxications have been reported all over the world including cases of seizures and arrhythmias. In this paper, we focus on the effect of energy drinks on the cardiovascular system and whether the current ongoing call for the products' sales and regulation of their contents should continue.

KEYWORDS:

Caffeine; Cardiovascular effects; Energy drinks; Guarana; Taurine

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Conflict-of-interest statement: No conflicts of interest exist for any of the authors with respect to the publication of this article.

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