Lead author Dr Sachin A. Sha, of the University of the Pacific in California, said: “We found an association between consuming energy drinks and changes in QT intervals and blood pressure that cannot be attributed to caffeine.
“We urgently need to investigate the particular ingredient or combination of ingredients in different types of energy drinks that might explain the findings seen in our clinical trial.”
The study was the largest yet on energy drinks on the heart and blood pressure in young healthy volunteers.
Its results confirm previous research that has suggested a link between energy drinks and heart problems.
Dr Shah added: “The public should be aware of the impact of energy drinks on their body especially if they have other underlying health conditions.”
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