Supraventricular Tachycardia Case Study

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Charlotte Aston, 23, used to drink to have one energy drink everyday
She is now suffering from a life-threatening heart condition which is a result of her habit
She was just 18 when she was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia, an abnormally fast heartbeat
A young woman who used to have at least one energy drink a day now has a life-threatening heart condition; an illness characterized by the abnormal fast heartbeat.

In an article written by Kirstie Mccrum of Mirror, it was disclosed that Charlotte Aston, 23, was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia -- which is characterized by abnormal fast heartbeat. She was only 18 when she received the diagnosis; she had the life-threatening condition after a couple of years having an energy
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"My 'top score' was 247 beats per minute. A normal heartbeat is 80 to 90bpm. It would happen if I sneezed, coughed, picked something off the floor, lifted something heavy, got up too quickly or got too stressed," she shared.

But despite believing that she has been left behind, she still feels lucky to be alive. And now, has made it her mission to share her story and save other young people.

"A lot of children have energy drinks and although what happened to me won't happen to everybody I want them to stop and think. The children react with disbelief and shock when I tell them what happened to me. Since I've shared my story nobody has brought an energy drink into the youth club," she said.

Recently, she won the children and young people category of Devon Community Foundation's Volunteer of the Year Awards for her efforts to raise awareness on the danger being brought by energy drinks.

"I've done school assemblies as well. It's very rewarding and it feels great knowing that I've made a difference," she stated.

Three years after she had surgery, she said she is now "80 percent better." She spends at least 10 hours a week volunteering for various
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