Healthy teen dies of heart problems after too much caffeine

A 16-year-old SC teen died after intaking an excessive amount of caffeine, the coroner ruled on Monday.

Davis' autopsy showed no undiagnosed heart conditions and that Davis was healthy and had no conditions that could have triggered by the caffeine intake. From all reports, Davis was a healthy teenager with no family history of a heart-related condition. He said he did not know what type of energy drink Cripe drank.

"This is what's risky about this", the medical examiner said. "It wasn't a vehicle crash that took his life", an emotional Sean said.

Cripe's father said he hopes his son's death will save other lives by showing the dangers of excessive caffeine consumption, according to the AP.

"We lost Davis from a totally legal substance", Watts said.


For example, while plain coffee is rich in antioxidants which reduce the harmful effects of caffeine, creative coffee concoctions like a café latte or energy drinks, which have artificial sweeteners, elevated sugar content and other stimulants can pose health threats.

"Parents, please talk to your kids about these energy drinks".

'This is what's risky about this - you can have five people line up and all of them do the exact same thing with him that day, drink more, and it may not have any type of effect on them at all, ' he said. And teenagers and students- please stop buying them. "And that's what happened in this case", explained Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. "It's the amount and also the time frame in which these caffeinated beverages are consumed that can put you at risk".

"What we want to do here today is to make people understand that these drinks - this amount of caffeine, how it's ingested, can have dire consequences".

While there is no designated standard for children, according to the US Food and Drug Administration adults can consume 400 milligrams of caffeine per day - equivalent to four or five cups of coffee - without experiencing side effects.


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