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Too much caffeine leads to teen death

Too much caffeine leads to teen death

MADISON, Wis. - Too much caffeine is blamed for the death of a South Caroline teen. In April David Allen Cripe, 16, died after drinking a latte, a large diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink within two hours. Cripe died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia, officials said Monday.

“You worry about their safety, their health -- especially once they start driving but it wasn't a car crash that took his life instead it was an energy drink,” David’s dad Sean Cripe said.

Dr. Christian Rickman, an emergency physician at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, said if your body is used to consuming caffeine daily you should be OK.

“It is rare for somebody to die from caffeine especially because so many people in our culture and our society use caffeine regularly. I had coffee this morning myself,” Rickman said. “You can build up a tolerance to it, where you can probably ingest more caffeine and it won't have those same side effects.”

If you take in more than usual be aware of changes in your body, "such as heart palpitations or a fast heart rate. That's something that should be evaluated because it could be a sign of something bad,” Rickman said.

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