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PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT INDUCED CARDIAC ISCHAEMIA IN A YOUNG FEMALE

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PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT INDUCED CARDIAC ISCHAEMIA IN A YOUNG FEMALE

Samuel S Y Wang. J Sports Sci.

Abstract

The popularity of pre-workout supplements is rising amongst professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Despite increased usage, the safety profile of pre-workout supplements is likely to be not well understood. Additionally, many different brands use various undisclosed proprietary blends of active ingredients creating safety regulation difficulties. This lack of oversight could prove unsafe for certain patients. This patient MK is a 33-year-old healthy housewife who presented with central chest tightness, pre-syncope and mild dyspnoea to the emergency department via ambulance. The presentation was in the context of recent strenuous exercise and ingestion of a pre-workout supplement (Alpha Lean-7). Most striking in her presentation was a troponin rise of 50 ng/L, while not very high it is unusual given her lack of cardiac risk factors. She had a 3-day uneventful admission with a downtrending troponin prior to discharge. This case highlights the possible dangers of pharmacologically active ingredients in pre-workout supplements.

Keywords: Pre-workout supplements; cardiac ischaemia; sports nutrition; toxicology.

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