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  • Checking a Supplement's Contents Could Avoid Risk [A New YorkTimes Article]

    A substantial number of athletes like to take dietary supplements. Those
    working with athletes may find this New York Times article to be useful
    material to share with them. The supplement taken in this case was


    Checking a Supplement's Contents Could Avoid Risk


    My doctors told me they were pretty confident that the supplement I took
    led to my atrial fibrillation and gave me the scare of my life.

    The doctors did everything short of stopping my heart to get it beating
    right again. Finally, the last intravenous treatment they gave me worked.
    Had it not been successful, they were going to use defibrillators to
    "jump-start" my heart and get it pumping again. My heart started beating
    correctly on Saturday, four days after I was admitted. They kept me an
    additional night for observation, which brought my total stay to five

    I will be taking a beta blocker called sotalol to help maintain a normal
    heart rhythm for the next four months, and my condition will be
    re-evaluated in December. If my heart is sound and everything checks out
    then, my doctors said, I will be able to go off the medication. But
    nothing can erase the nightmare of the five days I lost because of the
    supplement I was taking, unaware of its potential danger, unaware that I
    was risking my life.

    My advice to those using supplements to gain energy, gain mass or lose
    weight is: Be careful to read the labels on the product; do a little
    research on the ingredients/vitamins/extracts that are contained in each
    supplement. Do not take a health food/vitamin retailer's word as gospel.
    Spending 10 minutes to look up the ingredients is little to ask, and it
    could save your life.


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