Widow blames energy drinks for husband’s fatal heart attack
A California widow is convinced her husband was killed by his once-a-day energy drink habit — claiming a doctor told her they are “like playing Russian roulette with your life,” according to an interview.
Cassondra Reynolds, 49, had been forced to switch off life support for her husband John — the 41-year-old father of their three young kids — when he was left in a coma in 2011 following a heart attack at home.
She is so convinced that the nightly energy drink he supped during his night shifts are to blame that she has now started an awareness group to highlight the possible hidden dangers.
“John was healthy, he worked out every day, he had had a full physical examination the month prior and all his results came back fine,” she told The Sun of the dad who did not drink or smoke.
Doctors initially assumed he must have had a history of diabetes — which he did not — because his sugar levels were “sky high” after his heart attack at home, according to the widow from Rancho Santa Margarita.
“Eventually, the doctor asked me if he drank energy drinks which I replied yes, but only once a day,” she told the UK paper.
“He immediately explained that it only takes one energy drink to throw off the rhythm of your heart causing a heart arrhythmia.”
She said the doctors began to “put the pieces together” — but were unable to save her husband. Reynolds turned off her husband’s life support in February 2011, two weeks after his cardiac arrest. She took a final photo of him with their sons, who were aged just 5, 6 and 8 at the time and were “too young to really process” his death, she says.
“Telling them that their dad had passed away was the second hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, the first being turning off his life support,” she said.
“Watching him take his last breath was the most painful thing I have ever experienced. I felt like my heart was physically breaking.
“He was the love of my life and my soul mate.”
She has now started the Energy Drink & Pre-Workout Awareness group to try to share the horror stories of a health threat she claims “you just don’t hear about.”
“The doctor told me that drinking energy drinks is like playing Russian roulette with your life, and that really stuck with me,” she told the UK paper.
“I still couldn’t believe that one energy drink could cause this much pain.”
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