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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4061205, 5 pages
Case Report

ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction and Normal Coronary Arteries after Consuming Energy Drinks

1Division of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, WI, USA
2Division of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to S. Michael Gharacholou

Received 21 November 2016; Accepted 21 December 2016; Published 19 January 2017

Academic Editor: Antonio de Padua Mansur

Copyright © 2017 S. Michael Gharacholou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The use of energy drinks, which often contain stimulants, is common among young persons, yet there have been few reports of adverse cardiac events. We report the case of a 27-year-old man who was admitted to our facility with an acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in the setting of using energy drinks. Angiography revealed no obstructive coronary disease. The patient had elevation of cardiac troponin. Noninvasive testing with echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated both abnormalities in resting wall motion at the anterior apex along with late gadolinium enhancement of the anterior wall, respectively. The patient also underwent formal invasive evaluation with an intracoronary Doppler study demonstrating normal coronary flow reserve and acetylcholine provocation that excluded endothelial dysfunction and microvascular disease. The patient recovered and has abstained from consuming additional energy drinks with no reoccurrence of symptoms. A review of some of the potential cardiac risks associated with consuming energy drinks is presented.