Study Finds Energy Drinks Alter Heart Function Offering Reason For Red Bull Death


by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq./

When 33 year old non-smoking father Cory Terry died playing basketball after consuming Red Bull, a wave of concern over the safety of energy drinks was unleashed (See our October 30, 2013 blog entitled “Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Red Bull”). Many believe that energy drinks contain potentially dangerous levels of stimulants and additives, while others believe they are a quick and safe solution to fatigue.

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conducted an ongoing study to determine how energy drinks, which commonly contain taurine and caffeine, affected the heart. Researchers from the University of Bonn, Germany, utilized cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before and after their subjects consumed energy drinks. The findings showed that heart contraction rates in otherwise healthy adults, was “significantly increased” one hour after consumption. Further, that there was “significantly increased peak strain and peak systolic strain rates in the left ventricle of the heart.” The researchers in this limited study, believe additional studies are warranted to determine the mechanism and long lasting effects of energy drinks. Representatives of Monster Beverage Corp. stated that they found the study to be “alarmist and misleading.”

The findings in the RSNA study offer insight into just how energy drinks affect the heart and may be the proverbial tip of the scientific ice berg. With the alarming increase of energy drink related emergency room visits and limited regulation of the sale of energy drinks, many believe this is cause for serious concern. In particular, many have voiced concern for our children and young adults who are often swayed by expensive advertising and misleading commercials. When it comes to the health of your family, perhaps it is best to error on the side of caution.

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit