How Bad are Energy Drinks for Your Heart?

How Bad are Energy Drinks for Your Heart?

Energy drinks have become a staple in the lives of teenagers, college students, and workers.

This type of beverage is sold as a dietary supplement, that promises to boost concentration, improve physical performance, and reduce fatigue.

The drinks contain caffeine, sugar, and a proprietary “energy blend” that typically includes a combination of the following components:

  • Guarana
  • Taurine
  • Ginseng
  • B vitamins
  • L-Carnitine

Unfortunately, studies show that the consumption of energy drinks has severe adverse side effects on heart health.

The impact of energy drinks on the heart is so severe that it could land you in our emergency room and could potentially kill you.

What the Studies Revealed

There have been several relevant studies conducted in recent years, here are few of the findings:

 

Study Findings of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston

 

The study involved 44 healthy non-smoking students in their 20’s. Researchers performed special tests to measure the blood vessels ability to dilate.

The tests were done before the students were given a 24-ounce energy drink and repeated 1½ hours later.

The researchers found that after having the energy drink, the blood vessels were much narrower. Narrow blood vessels make blood flow more difficult, and this increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Study Findings of The University of the Pacific

 

A study funded by the University of the Pacific and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association

found that energy drinks alter the heart’s rhythm.

The study involved 34 adults aged 18-40. The subjects were asked to fast overnight and were then given two 16-ounce bottles of either an energy drink or a placebo.

The researchers then measured the heart rhythms of the participants with electrocardiogram and blood pressure readings every half hour for a total of 4 hours.

The study concluded that energy drinks significantly prolong the time it takes the heart chambers to contract and relax (QTc interval).

A prolonged QTc interval increases the risk of a person experiencing life-threatening arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and sudden cardiac arrest.

The researchers also found that the volunteer’s blood pressure increased by close to 5 points and remained elevated for about 6 hours after drinking the energy drink.

Additional Concerns

 

The energy drink industry is mostly unregulated, and this in itself is cause for concern.

Another concern is the amount of caffeine and sugar these beverages have.

The maximum dose of caffeine that is considered safe by the FDA is 400mg per day, and no more than 200mg per dose.

Shockingly, most energy drinks contain between 240-300mg of caffeine per 8-ounce dose. Not to mention that little is known about the safety of some of the other ingredients contained in energy drinks.

To make matters worse, some of the components may interact with certain gut bacteria to create a compound called TMAO. Higher TMAO levels are linked to heart attacks and strokes.

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The Bottom Line

Energy drinks unsafe for consumption by anyone, but especially young people and anyone with a cardiovascular condition.

 

Healthy Ways to Recharge Your Batteries

 

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take a 20-minute nap
  • Stay hydrated
  • Exercise
  • Eat small amounts of food more often
  • Lower your stress

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects that energy drinks can have on a patient’s health. We advise you to avoid drinking them and warn your children about the potential risks of consuming them.

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High Blood Pressure Education Month – It Starts with Your Heart

Understanding High Blood Pressure

It Starts with Your Heart

May has been designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as National High Blood Pressure Education Month.

Because of this, at Altus Emergency Centers we will focus our attention during this month on the education and prevention of high blood pressure in the communities we serve.

What is Blood Pressure?

Every time your heart beats it pumps blood through your arteries so it can transport oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body.

As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure.

Your blood pressure will rise and fall throughout the day, but if it stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart. High blood pressure also known as hypertension can cause heart attack, stroke and lead to other severe health problems.

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Understanding Your Blood Pressure Reading

When a doctor or nurse takes your blood pressure, the reading consists of two numbers, which represent your systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

Systolic Blood Pressure: This is the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats.

Diastolic Blood Pressure: This is the lowest level your blood pressure reaches as your heart relaxes between beats.

Source American Heart Association

Alarming Facts of High Blood Pressure in America

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 75 million American adults have high blood pressure that is 1 in 3 Americans
  • 1 in 3 adults has a condition known as prehypertension (higher than normal blood pressure but not yet in the high blood pressure range)
  • Only about 54% of hypertensive patients have their condition under control
  • High blood pressure is the primary or contributing cause of death for approximately 410,000 American’s a year, that is close to 1100 deaths a day
  • Between 30 and 32% of Texans ages 20 and older have high blood pressure

4 Things You May Not Know About High Blood Pressure

Here are some surprising facts about high blood pressure you may not have heard of:

1. There is a Link Between Hypertension and Dementia

Recent studies show a link between high blood pressure and an increased risk of dementia. The studies showed that having uncontrolled hypertension during midlife (45-65 years old) increased the risk of developing dementia later in life.

2. It’s Not an Old Folks Condition

High blood pressure can affect anyone regardless of age, gender and ethnicity. Statistics show that 1 in 4 men and nearly 1 in 5 women age 35-44 have high blood pressure.

 

3. Hypertension Usually Has No Symptoms

The condition is popularly known as the “silent killer” because it doesn’t always show symptoms like headaches or sweating.

The only sure way to know if you have high blood pressure or not is to have it checked regularly.

 

4. Many People with High Blood Pressure Don’t Know They Have It

The CDC estimates that as many as 11 million American’s suffer from high blood pressure and don’t know it, and as a result, are not being treated.

Tips to Prevent High Blood Pressure

At Altus Emergency Centers we believe preventing illnesses and accidents is the best policy. To reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure you should:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Reduce sodium (salt) in your diet
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Quit smoking
  • Cut back on caffeine
  • Reduce your stress
  • Monitor your blood pressure regularly
  • Speak to your doctor if you notice your blood pressure is higher than normal

What to Do During a Hypertensive Crisis

A hypertensive crisis or high blood pressure crisis happens when your blood pressure rises quickly and severely with readings of 180/120 or over.

If your blood pressure reaches 180/120 or over and you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness or weakness, changes in vision, or difficulties speaking, you are experiencing a hypertensive emergency and need to get to the nearest Altus ER Center for immediate medical attention.

 

At Altus Emergency Centers we have the best emergency doctors and registered nurses 24/7, they are trained to work under pressure and save lives. While we advocate for prevention, we are ready to treat hypertensive crisis and other high blood pressure-related medical emergencies.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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Urgent! Blood Pressure Medication Recall

Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure? Check Your Prescription.

The FDA announced this week that Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited started a voluntarily recall of a lot of 100mg/25 Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets.  The recall which initiated on February 22nd, 2019, occured due to the detection of trace amounts in the active pharmaceutical ingredient of an unexpected impurity.

The “trace amounts” that caused the alarm is a cancer-causing impurity called N-nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA. In other words, the impurity is classified as a probable human carcinogen meaning,

it can cause cancer.

NDEA is known to occur naturally in certain foods; however, it is also used to make liquid rocket fuel and is a byproduct of fish processing as well as pesticide manufacturing.

The lot of tablets that Macleods Pharmaceutical is recalling contain NDEA amounts above the acceptable daily intake levels released by the FDA. So far, the pharmaceutical company has not received any reports of adverse effects since it started the recall.

About Losartan Medication

What is Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide Used For?

Losartan potassium tablets with the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide are indicated to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure in patients with a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy in which the muscle wall of the heart’s left pumping chamber thickens.

Is this the Only Losartan Medication That is Under Recall?

This is not the first time a losartan medication has been recalled, in fact, recalls on losartan tablets produced by various pharmaceutical companies have been ongoing since July 2018.

The FDA continuously updates their list of losartan products that are under recall, please click on the link for the latest update.

What Should I Do Now?

What to Do If Your Prescription for Losartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Is Part of the Recall

If you find your prescription of losartan is part of the recalled lot, the first thing you should do is contact your doctor.  Then, let him/her know, they will either prescribe a new medication or instruct you to go to the pharmacy where you purchased the medication to get a replacement.

Remember, Macleods Pharmaceutical is only recalling the lot that was found to have unacceptable levels of NDEA.

You should NOT stop taking your medication, as the risk of harm to your health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment

If you experience any problems that you believe are related to taking this medication, please call your doctor or visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center right away.

Should you experience a heart-related emergency or any other type of genuine emergency, don’t waste time and go to your nearest ER. 

If you are living in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton or Waxahachie, Altus Emergency Centers is your nearest ER.

Every minute counts, choose what will give your life a chance.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

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Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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