I’ve been waiting for this . . seriously. Who doesn’t feel their heart palpitate after consuming any kind of energy drink… any other reason to drink this stuff is just pure addiction to sugar. I will say to the least Spike the Capsule by far beats the liquid attack.
Man’s heart stops after Red Bull overdose
August 19, 2007
A MAN whose heart stopped after he consumed eight Red Bull energy drinks in five hours has called for an overhaul of the product’s warning labels.
Matthew Penbross, 28, collapsed after downing the popular drinks, each containing 80 milligrams of caffeine, last Sunday.
He drank the Red Bull while competing in a motocross event on the state’s Mid North Coast.
His heart stopped and he needed defibrillation from ambulance officers.
Now facing six weeks off work, he said warning labels on the products should be revamped to alert people that excessive consumption could lead to death. Labels currently warn against consuming more than two cans, or 1.5 bottles a day, without describing the consequences.
“They say [on energy drink labels] don’t have more than this much,” Mr Penbross said.
“But they don’t say if you have too much, what will happen.”
Dr Malcolm Barlow, a cardiologist who treated Mr Penbross at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, said it appeared excessive consumption of energy drinks had precipitated the heart attack.
He said Mr Penbross had no other risk factors apart from smoking and had told him he previously experienced chest pain at times when his intake of the drinks was high.