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Excessive amounts of cola drinks may lead to irregular heartbeat

Published on 26/06/2013

Drinking an excessive amount of fizzy cola drinks can cause people to have an irregular heartbeat or faint, according to a new study.

Most cola drinks contain huge amounts of sugar

A case study found that the consumption of a large amount of cola drinks lead to unusual fainting symptoms and irregular heartbeats, known as arrhythmia, as well as increasing the likelihood of obesity.

The case study was delivered to the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) in Athens at the Europace 2013 meeting. The study was led by Naima Zarqane and Nadir Saoudi from the Princess Grace Hospital Centre in Monaco.

It identified that the consumption of cola drinks could be responsible for decreasing potassium levels in the body called hypokalaemia that could lead to potentially life threatening arrhythmias.

The study highlighted one case of a 31-year-old woman admitted to hospital for traumatic syncope.

Doctors discovered that woman had been replacing her natural water intake for cola beverages from the age of 15 which led to a blood potassium level of 2.4 mmol/L. The normal level range from 3.5 mmol/L to 5.1 mmol/L.

The woman’s potassium levels returned to a more usual 4.1 mmol/L just one week after she stopped drinking cola on medical advice.

Prof. Saoudi said: “It’s also important that the people are made aware of the potential health dangers of excessive consumption of sugary drinks.

“There are important political messages for governments to ensure that bottled water is cheaper than sugary drinks, which is not always the case.”

There was also link to other medical conditions and six other studies revealed that excessive cola drinking showed links to damaged skeletal tissue, arrhythmias and even one death due to ventricular tachycardia.

Prof. Saoudi said: “Due to the high calorie intake it’s likely to result in weight gain which increases the risk of developing metabolic syndrome.”

Some health insurance providers will reward you if you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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