Friday, 15 Aug, 2008 Health & Fitness

Red Bull May Lead to Heart Damage, Scientists Say


According to the latest research, the popular energy drink Red Bull can increase the risk of heart damage. The participants of the study were university students aged between 20 and 24. Researchers found that just one sugar free can of Red Bull raised the level of stickiness of the blood and could lead to the formation of blood clots.

The target market of the caffeinated drink is Austrian students. After drinking a can of Red Bull scientists noticed that Austrian students had nearly the same cardiovascular profile as someone who has heart disease.

The company producing the drink denied the negative effect of Red Bull, which is, by the way, marketed in 143 countries around the world. According to the company's officials the drink passed several scientific tests that proved its safeness. They noted that the drink was not banned in any country where it had been introduced.

But according to Dr. Scott Willoughby, of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Adelaide University, the results of the study were alarming.

"After one can it seemed to turn the young individual into one with more of the type of profile you would expect to see with someone with cardiovascular disease. People who already have existing cardiovascular disease may want to talk to their physician before they drink Red Bull in future," the scientist said.

The 30 students who passed the test were shocked by the results. Previously some of them drank up to 8 can per night in order to stay awake to study. Most of these students are now refusing to drink Red Bull, saying they will never consume it again.

Source: Fox News

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54 votes

//34 Dec 26, 2010 01:13 PM | posted by: $ . vick
Okay i usually drink 3 - 4 8.4 oz cans of redbull everyday and i have for the past 4 years . I can say i dont get the naseau or headaches . But tonight i had drank 8 redbulls doesnt mean im trying to commit suicide some ppl are just so addicted to it and used to it they dont think it'll harm them , but tonight my uncle scared me which he does on a regular basis and im almost passed out my face turned really white . I'll just say redbull causes bad anxiety problems and who know's what it'll do in the future to me but i'll continue drinking it , just know redbull is addicting and so addicting sometimes you'll loose count of how many you drink NOT BECAUSE UR AN IDIOT OR TRYING TO COMMIT SUICIDE . Just be careful guyss =]
59 votes

//33 Dec 11, 2010 01:09 AM | posted by: Carl
Ive been drinking 4 cans of 8.4 oz red bull every day for the past 5 years. All i can say is it is addicting and get expensive. If i quit for 1 day i really, really need it the next day. So my advice is to drink it but only one can per day.
65 votes

//32 Nov 24, 2010 03:25 AM | posted by: juan
//31, yhur my mann dawg nnd wats up wit the brick of dope :P...
63 votes

//30 Nov 16, 2010 06:30 PM | posted by: srinivas
how does red bull lead to heat damage
69 votes

//29 Nov 01, 2010 12:54 PM | posted by: Retha
We used to have two Red Bulls in the fridge should we need some 'high energy' for some reason. After packing for holiday, and having a long trip cominging, we decided this would just be the thing. I had a headache and also drank a pill for that. The whole holiday was a nightmare for me. My hear trate were eratic with missed heart beats and I felt terrible. Especially while driving, it became much worse, as if the car's rythm totally threw out my heart's rythm. I have never again drank Red Bull and did not have a recurrence.
60 votes

//28 Sep 13, 2010 11:44 PM | posted by: Tiffanie
I've been drinking two 12 oz red bulls a day for the past 3 years. after the first year i realized i was pretty addicted to them. There is not one day in the past two years that i have gone with out one until today! yesterday i went to the er because i could hardly breath my heart was beating so fast i thought i was about to have a hard attack. I almost passed out so my cousins rushed me to the hospital. after doing lots off test xrays blood work the doctor asked me. are you talking any energy drinks "yes , but i have been drinking them for the passed three years how can it suddenly affect me now?'' " doctor told me when i my first test came out she was stunned because she thought i had heart dises after all test and a couple hours my heart was back to normal. She told me alot of people are coming in with this problem it can hapen at any time of drinking this product and i telling everyone this now "i really felt like i was having a heart attack! it was a big rraliity check and i;m goingt the healthy roat from now on! plaear dont drink this s;&$ anymore its a drug and should be banned!
64 votes

//27 Jun 30, 2010 05:30 AM | posted by: buzz
Red Bull gives you wings to heaven
66 votes

//26 Jun 16, 2010 06:01 AM | posted by: Johan Haugen
Ok, i drank 8 today.. not those suger-free.. and chance that this might hurt on me :O ?
66 votes

//25 Jun 09, 2010 03:09 PM | posted by: blamepaul
I think it depends on each person individually. It shouldn't be stereotyped that it will have such a dramatic effect on every person. I drink it all the time to keep me alert for my university studies, and I'm still alive, no complications... whereas my friend's mum got really sick from one can. So just know what ur body can take and use that as a guide, not what everyone else says it does to them =)
64 votes

//24 Apr 14, 2010 12:18 AM | posted by: Steakums
Im assuming it all depends on the size and the way you drink the red bull. personally i drink 4 red bulls a day for the last year. One 12 ounce sugar free lasts me about 3 hours and yes its ussually warm towards the end but i dont mind. If these People are taking the can in a single swallow i can understand why they are getting sick. But my blood pressure is fine heart rate is below normal and i can easily fall asleep after my last can of the day.
67 votes

//23 Apr 13, 2010 07:31 AM | posted by: testcase
Everyone is different. Know what your own body can handle and go from there. I am a case study---I have averaged 4 cans a day for the last 2-3 years. Blood pressure is fine--No diabetes--No side effects.
Make me drink Beer or Starbucks and I am sick for a week. Everyone is different---All drinks are different--That is a good thing. It is good to have options. See you when I turn 100.
58 votes

//22 Mar 31, 2010 05:51 AM | posted by: subash
i am strictly agree with ths st. it may happen.....
69 votes

//21 Mar 28, 2010 04:51 PM | posted by: lorie
its alarming... mny are drinking red bull not knowing of its effect on their hearts
71 votes

//20 Feb 05, 2010 05:23 PM | posted by: schizoid
it really makes me wonder with this deadly can. What specific ingredient does it contain making the blood more viscous now leading to the formation of clots or thrombus formation?
65 votes

//19 Dec 08, 2009 03:13 PM | posted by: whoau
drank a red bull every day. haven't died yet.
you guys are so dumb, like sheep bahhhh
70 votes

//18 Oct 20, 2009 07:17 AM | posted by: RN/BELLA
I drank approx 2 oz of sugar free Red Bull and took one no doze so I didn't get tired working a 12 hour night shift. BIG MISTAKE!!! I had dry heeves and my heart rate was in the150's and my blood pressure was critical (188/110). My hands felt tingly. Thank God I worked at a hospital!! So I went to the ER and they did an ekg which showed some s-t depression (signs of ischemia) My electrolytes were abnormal also. That stuff should be banned in every country.
67 votes

//17 Oct 08, 2009 07:11 AM | posted by: rashid
i drink red bull every day for the past 2 months. this news is ver y alarming but also questionable. id have to drink it then do a test prolly then i'll believe that it is dangerous. if it is so dangerous then why is it in like every store. and for idiots that drink 8 a day are really looking to end there life maybe they think its a better way to commit suicide? idk. but until i do that test i'll keep drinkin redbull. unlike the people who drink it i'll have wings! - rashid slater.
70 votes

//16 Sep 23, 2009 05:37 AM | posted by: jEsUs*FrEaK
Eh, i didnt really like it nyway
66 votes

//15 Jul 24, 2009 08:37 PM | posted by: roni
red bull does so much damege that's so dum
67 votes

//14 Mar 24, 2009 06:07 PM | posted by: Scott Gilllings
I'd been addicted to Red Bull for quite a while but my good friend von helped me through my bad times.
Ive found a good substitute, Lucozade (orange) which is much better and doesnt cause the damage that red bull does to my system. Recently my best friend died Dean Barrat (very sad) aged only 21 died due to his addiction to Red Bull, this is also another reason why i changed my ways.
I hope any other addicts can get help the way i did. If not contact me on..
75 votes

//13 Mar 01, 2009 04:02 AM | posted by: God
No, It leads to wings.
68 votes

//12 Feb 05, 2009 06:31 PM | posted by: riss
Aha diabeties in a can . . . love it xD

Not a big fan of redbull myself, prefer kick ^-^

In a case like this, its a fact of, if i die, i'll believe it >.<
64 votes

//11 Jan 15, 2009 08:53 PM | posted by: Bubba
That article is BS..there is no proof, Who conducted the study ? How many participants were in the study ? What did they use and how did they measure the blood. Lets see some proof before you go writing an article to scare people.
69 votes

//10 Dec 05, 2008 07:57 PM | posted by: shay
I reallty didn't take drinking red bull that serious until one night i dranked a small can took a hot relaxing bath and laid down. That was the end of it! I became so dizzy that i couldn't get up for 8 hrs. I was alone with no one to help me. I was terrified because i tried to get up but the whole room was spinning to me. Never the lest I was warned by my mother-in-law. but just like most of you all i laughed it off and headed to the store and purchase another can to prove a point. I dont smoke and haven't had any alcohol beverages in over 10 years. I'm so angry to know that they allow this drink to be sold. but like they tell you in church warning comes before destruction!
73 votes

//9 Nov 21, 2008 03:51 AM | posted by: Diarra
I always liked red bull as best energy drink but I am getting worry at this moment because of these multinegatives effects & comments that I hear around the world (...Europe). ??true??
63 votes

//8 Nov 12, 2008 02:51 AM | posted by: Zim
I drank Redbull only when I need to, like during very long lectures to help me concentrate and be alert. I guess anyone who drink this casually should be fine. Morons who drink like 8 cans per day should watch out though.
63 votes

//7 Oct 06, 2008 06:20 PM | posted by: sharaeff [InfoMANIAC]
Guy, keep within limits!!! If we forbid Red Bull, then we have to forbid everything we eat and drink, because everything can be harmful in overplus. So if we drink a can or two of Red Bull- there is nothing to worry about!!!
64 votes

//6 Sep 05, 2008 04:22 PM | posted by: John

I reguarly drink Red Bull, this news is quite alarming.

oh and red bull is illegal in france, they have Burns energy drink as an alternative.
67 votes

//5 Aug 17, 2008 02:34 PM | posted by: apo
it says the study was based on SUGAR-FREE red bull. Does ordinary red bull have the same effect?

BTW: i agree, whoever drinks 8 cans in one night is an idiot!
60 votes

//4 Aug 16, 2008 10:32 AM | posted by: reader
That timesonline article CERTAINLY rises the same concern and echoes the same message of bad healt effects, including needing to go to hospital in one case after drinking 8 cans in one day.

That sounds pretty dangerous to me. Red bull isn't a medicine with "right dose", but energy drink with bad side effects, which supposedly are there also when drinking in lower quantities.
61 votes

//3 Aug 16, 2008 05:36 AM | posted by: v
solution: go to whole foods market (or any organic grocery store for that matter) and purchase natural energy drinks infused with green tea and guarana, acai and the like instead of the artificially manufactured diabetes in a can.
66 votes

//2 Aug 15, 2008 11:38 PM | posted by: Zek
It recently been accpeted in France.
73 votes

//1 Aug 15, 2008 11:06 PM | posted by: Nexrow
Isn't Red Bull actually illegal in france, along with other energy drinks?

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