Energy Drink Induced Ventricular Fibrillation and Cardiac Arrest: A Successful Outcome

Rafay Khan, Mohamed Osman, Shoaib Zafar, Shuvendu Sen

Abstract


The use of energy drinks, especially among students, has increased exponentially over the past several years. In those with excess consumption, there is a risk of medical consequences. In patients with premature conditions, especially that pertaining to the cardiovascular system, it remains prudent that advisory cautions be appropriately taken. Few cases have demonstrated a correlation of energy drink use and cardiopulmonary arrest but the method of which it can impact certain populations over others has yet to be fully analyzed. In this case report, we discuss the effects of energy drinks on a 27-year-old male with a history of premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) resulting in cardiopulmonary arrest. Whether there is a link between energy drink consumption and prior risk factors of cardiac deterioration has yet to be fully researched. In this report, we will demonstrate whether there is an association of PVCs, QT prolongation, and cardiac pulmonary arrest with energy drink use.




J Med Cases. 2015;6(9):409-412
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/jmc2259w


Keywords


Energy drink; Cardiac arrest; Ventricular fibrillation; Arrhythmia

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