Fizzy Soda Linked To Cardiac Arrest

A recent study is now showing us that soda is not only just unhealthy, it can also be deadly. The average American drinks over 40 gallons of soft drinks per year. This is down from 53 gallons in 2000, but guess what? – that is still a LOT of pop!

Carbonated beverages are associated with Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) according to European Society of Cardiology research done by the cardiology department at Fukuoka University in Japan.

What is a Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. It is not the same as a heart attack. When having a heart attack, the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. This is a circulation problem whereas cardiac arrest is more of an electrical problem.
Over 424,000 people experience OHCA yearly as assessed by emergency medical services.ThinkstockPhotos-177719344

A cardiac arrest strikes without warning. The person can be feeling just fine one minute, then unconscious the next. With loss of consciousness comes stoppage of breath. If not immediately treated with CPR, death can occur within minutes.

The numbers that survive a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting are only 10 percent according to Heart.Org statistics.

The Study

Beverage consumption of almost 800,000 people between the years of 2005 and 2011 was tracked in Japan.

They found that those who spent more money on carbonated beverages were more likely to suffer cardiac arrests outside of a hospital.

This study is the first to make a link between drinking large amounts of carbonated beverages and out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), says the principal investigator Professor Keijiro Saku, Dean at Fukuoka University.

Many carbonated beverages contain acids which might play an important role in this link, says Professor Saku.

Drinking green tea, black tea, coffee, cocoa, fruit or vegetable juice, fermented milk beverage, milk and mineral water were not found to be associated with OHCAs of cardiac origin.

“We already know that sweet drinks can lead to obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, which is a major cause of heart disease.” says Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation.

Just Drop The Pop
Many people drink diet pop since they think the lack of sugar will be healthier and help them lost weight. Put in the context of cardiac arrests, it’s still a fizzy pop whose acids are potentially fatal. Diet pop is also full of aspartame which many studies have shown that it is not good for us. Here is a list of 68 studies.

Learn more about Artificial Sweeteners.

How To Avoid OHCA

1. Double or triple the victim’s chance of survival by performing CPR immediately after cardiac arrest.

To learn more about hands only CPR, visit American Health Association where there is a brief demonstration video on how to perform hands only CPR.watermelon juice 450

2. Try some healthy beverages to replace those unhealthy pops. Here are some ideas:

Sugar Free Lemon Aid:  the easy fast way to alkalize your body.

Sparking Cucumber Lemon Water:  Cooling and refreshing!

Wonderful Watermelon Juice:  So easy so yummy!

5 Caffeine-Free Iced Tea Recipes
The Tasty Milk Alternative You Haven’t Tried

Enjoy!   What healthy drinks do you prefer?


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Zahra i.
Zahra I3 years ago

Thanks for the info!

Tracie Padykula
Tracie Padykula3 years ago

Okay, I am so tired of SODA IS GOING TO KILL YOU stories. My main drink is water with lemon, several glasses a day, including the first thing I drink in the morning and the last thing I drink at night. And by glass, I am talking about 12-16oz. I drink maybe one diet soda a day. I only buy Zevia because it is sweetened with Stevia and sometimes monk fruit. No aspartame, no splenda, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial colors - all flavors are clear! It is my treat for the day. It comes in flavors I haven't had since childhood - grape, strawberry, orange and also your basic lemon-lime and my lovely caffeine-free cola. I am not worried that maybe 5 sodas a week will kill me. I am much more afraid that drinking juice will spike my sugar levels or something with caffeine will keep me up at night. Is there no one who writes these articles that believes anyone can drink soda in a responsible way? Not all diet soda drinkers drink a case a day. I am not using it to lose weight - I have a whole eating plan for that. It is simply a treat I can have when I crave something sweet. It satisfies my sweet tooth in a way that doesn't wreck my blood sugar. The only time I have 2 is when I go out and I know the only choices at the host's house will be liquor or sugary drinks. Then I might bring 2 cans with me if we are planning on staying a few hours. Yes, I could drink water, but at a party, I want to party, too. My social calendar is hardly exciting. Maybe once every few

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Joanna M3 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Sara Away G.
Sara A3 years ago

another reason not to drink soda.

Miriam AWAY S3 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing!

Bob P.
Bob P3 years ago

Thanks for sharing