Prof Semsarian warns energy drinks can trigger heart attacks

Professor Chris Semsarian, Head of the Molecular Cardiology Program at Centenary Institute, and a cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, has appeared in Sydney media calling for greater caution when purchasing energy drinks and wants better labelling.

He warns that energy drinks can trigger heart attacks and other life-threatening conditions in young people because they speed up the heart and raise blood pressure.

For someone with an underlying heart condition, this combination of ingredients could have a potentially lethal effect, Professor Semsarian said.

Several of Professor Semsarian’s patients were hospitalised in the past year with heart rhythm problems after consuming energy drinks.

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