Energy Drinks Landing More People In Hospital With Chest Pains

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Energy drinks are everywhere, some people can't seem to function without them and even worse it's becoming a huge problem for teens.

Drinking an energy drink for many is a daily routine, but drinking more of them is sending more and more people to the hospital in pain.

"I've got this chest pain there is an elephant sitting on my chest," Dr. Lawrence Vosack from MCH Urgent Care, said.

Doctors say that the caffeine in the energy drinks is landing more and more people in the hospital. A normal cup of coffee has about 45 milligrams of caffeine but energy drinks can have three times the amount of caffeine or higher.

"Because these increase levels of caffeine that are in these drinks and supplements will actually affect the heart in the way that it causes the blood vessels to close down and decrease the blood flow to the heart muscle and give you your chest pain," Voesack said.

But the scary part for doctors is that they are seeing young people coming in with this pain.

"You're seeing them anywhere from ages 18-30 and in those ages, you just would not expect heart decease, you just don't expect it in that age group," Vosack said.

Doctors say severe headaches are some of the long term problems that you could face if you continue to down the drinks every day. That is why doctors say no matter how tired you are try stay away from these drinks.

"It's hard to say how much is ok in the average person. Drinking one of these occasionally should not be a problem for them but again it's an individual situation," Vosack said.

The best things that doctors recommend is just to get some good rest and have a better diet to avoid fatigue.