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Heart, Lung and Circulation

Acute Effects of Red Bull on Platelet and Endothelial Function

  • Paolo DeSciscio
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    Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    Discipline of Physiology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Anisha Prabhu
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    Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    Discipline of Physiology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Matthew Worthley
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    Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    Discipline of Physiology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Ross Roberts-Thomson
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    Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    Discipline of Physiology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Prashanthan Sanders
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    Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    Discipline of Physiology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Scott Willoughby
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    Corresponding author.
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    Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    Discipline of Physiology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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      Background: The popularity of energy drinks such as Red Bull™ continues to increase especially within young adult subjects. Red Bull™ contains high levels of caffeine and taurine. Individually caffeine and taurine have been shown to affect platelet and cardiac function; however no data are available for their combined effect. We therefore tested the hypothesis that Red Bull™ energy drink alters platelet and endothelial function in young healthy adults.
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