Healthy teen dies of heart problems after too much caffeine

Healthy teen dies of heart problems after too much caffeine

A 16-year-old SC boy who collapsed in a classroom at school and died last month had so much caffeine in two hours that it killed him, a medical examiner said Monday. 'Parents, please, talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks.

Davis Allen Cripe, 16, from SC, collapsed while at school in April from a heart problem.

A healthy adult can consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, or around four cups of coffee, without any adverse effects, according to the online caffeine encyclopedia Caffeine Informer.

The 16-year-old did not have a pre-existing heart condition that may have caused him to collapse and die, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said during a news conference on Monday.

Watts said the final cause of death was determined to be due to a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia, according to ABC Columbia.

"These drinks can be very unsafe", Watts said.

Watts says like many, Cripe was doing something he thought was totally harmless.

"These drinks can be very risky", Watts said. "It's the, the amount and also the time frame in which these caffeinated beverages are consumed that can put you at risk, for anybody really, for your heart to start beating very, very rapidly and that could cause a sudden arrhythmia and in rare cases such as this can cause death". Each 12 ounces of Mountain Dew contains 54 mg of caffeine, so a large 32 ounce Mountain Dew would contain 144 mg of caffeine.

Sean Cripe, Davis' father, told WLTX-TV his son did not drink alcohol or use drugs, and warned other parents about allowing their children to drink high-caffeinated energy drinks.

The caffeine content of energy drinks varies hugely depending on the brand. So risky, in fact, that the coroner is now warning his friends and family about their potentially deadly consequences.

"Teenagers and students please stop buying them", said Sean.

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