Blues wrote:It turned out that the increase in blood pressure from the stimulants had blown a bubble in my ascending aorta.
Let me play psychiatrist for a moment
. Do not feel guilty about causing an aortic aneurysm by drinking stimulants. I bet those drinks did not cause it
What happened to me was unusual, but it's the consensus of experts that it did involve the caffeine and energy drinks to some extent and was probably a perfect storm. The onset involved a sudden, severe searing electrical shock type chest pain that lasted for about 10 seconds, followed by a localized moderate throbbing pain with each pulse, that persisted. PVCs suddenly occurred every few beats as well, and persisted. Once that happened, there was routine increased localized throbbing pain upon significant exertion or exercise which my aortic surgeon later attributed to the aneurysm stretching as BP increased, in part based on the location of the pain. Upon presentation to the cardiologist a few days after the incident happened at work, my BP, both systolic and diastolic, was elevated for the first time in my life as well and remained elevated (but controlled with metoprolol, no longer required) until I had surgery. Stress test preceded aneurysm diagnosis and was normal with no blockages.
Anyway, the combination of about 800 to 1000mg of caffeine over 2 to 3 hours immediately prior to the symptoms beginning, which was the most I'd ever consumed in that time period, along with any other ingredients that the energy drinks included, along with a normal 60mg dose of pseudoephedrine for nasal congestion due to allergies, along with an unusually hectic and stressful work shift that night, combined with the fact that I was already predisposed due to having a very efficient but still bicuspid aortic valve along with a father who also had an ascending aortic aneurysm, seems to have led to the compromise of a portion of the aortic wall. (That might be the longest run-on sentence in history.) Heavy caffeine use at work but at lower dosage over the previous few months may or may not have played a part too. I know that's not the way aneurysms generally occur, but my case was considered rare.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it, despite any new psychiatric diagnoses you guys choose to add to my chart...