The results were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
There has been ongoing debate on the health risks involved in consuming energy drinks; rapid heart rates being the major factor. Other known side effects associated with high consumption of these drinks are palpitations, rise in blood pressure and, in the most severe cases, seizures or sudden death.
These drinks which primarily uses caffeine, sugar and taurine as its primary ingredient provide an energy boost to drinkers by providing mental and physical stimulation.
Compared to coffee and regular sodas, energy drinks contain up to three times more caffeine.
Long term risks of drinking energy drinks are still unknown but study team member, Jonas Dörner, M.D, advises that people with known cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) should avoid energy drinks.