Wife Hearing Husband Struggling For Breath Only One Month After Passing Physical With Flying Colors Sends Urgent Warning
Kevin Harley was in prime physical condition. He worked out regularly and had no history of health problems. So, what caused him to collapse on the floor of his local YMCA?
What started as a typical Saturday morning nearly ended in tragedy. Kevin Harley made a pre-workout energy drink and headed to his local YMCA. After 15 minutes on a treadmill, Kevin started to feel lightheaded.
Soon after, he broke out in a cold sweat. The last thing Kevin remembers before passing out is struggling to breathe. He woke up in an intensive care unit the following Monday, Inside Edition reports.
Kevin's wife, Daphne, says it was a pre-workout energy drink that almost killed her husband. Kevin was put into a medically induced coma after being admitted to the hospital. Doctors told Daphne they discovered a green liquid in his stomach consistent with energy drinks.
Dr. Peter Weiss, a cardiac physiologist, believes the time Kevin Harley drank the energy drink played a role in what transpired. Our bodies are on a 24-hour cycle. Early in the morning, we produce more adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones known for increasing our heart rate, he told Inside Edition.
Drinking an energy drink while our hearts are already working overtime can result in a cardiac event. If you add strenuous physical activity to the mix, you have a recipe for disaster.
Kevin Harley made a full recovery. Cassondra Reynolds' husband wasn't so lucky. John Reynolds was a mechanic who lived an active lifestyle and had recently passed his yearly physical. He came home from work one evening gasping for breath.
He went into cardiac arrest and later died of a brain seizure. The head of cardiology told Cassondra that her husband's heart was strong, but even one energy drink is enough to disrupt a healthy heart. Since energy drinks are considered dietary supplements according to FOX, their ingredients are not regulated by the FDA.
One energy drink can contain as much caffeine as 100 cups of coffee, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
Daphne Harley and Cassondra Reynolds are trying to raise awareness about the potential dangers of energy drinks. Have you ever had an adverse reaction to an energy drink? Let us know in the comments! Show this to your friends who love energy drinks and help us spread the word about the potential dangers of these popular beverages.
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