Charlotte Aston, used to consume one energy drink everyday and is now now suffering from Supraventricular Tachycardia, which is characterized by abnormal fast heartbeat.
She was just months past her 18th birthday when doctors found out about her condition.
The now 23-year-old narrated that she was just relaxing at home when she suddenly collapsed. She said she was half-conscious that time but she could feel and see her heart jumping out her chest.
Doctors found her pulse had rocketed to 247 beats per minute – nearly three times as fast as the normal level.
“The doctors went through my entire medical history and everything I ate and drank and concluded it was the energy drinks. It never occurred to me they would cause a problem. I felt fine and was definitely using up energy as an entertainer,” she said.
Eventually she had to undergo laser ablation surgery on her heart to correct the irregular heartbeat – during which she technically ‘died’ eight times.
On the other hand, after all the sufferings that she experienced because of her condition, she still feels lucky to be alive; so she made it her mission to share her story and save other young people.
“I felt like I needed to give something back to the community. The doctors said I shouldn’t really be working but volunteering is different because I can step away at any point if things get too much,” she said.