by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
A major study involving nearly 800,000 Japanese individuals shows that consuming fizzy drinks can “significantly” increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. The study found that the more people spent on fizzy beverages, the more likely they are to suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital. 
During cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. It is different from a heart attack in that during a myocardial infarction, the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Cardiac arrest renders an individual unconscious and stops their breathing.
According to the study’s lead author, Keijiro Saku, professor of cardiology at Fukuoka University in Japan, the acids found in sodas may play a major role in raising cardiac arrest risk.
“Some epidemiologic studies have shown a positive correlation between the consumption of soft drinks and the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke, while other reports have demonstrated that the intake of green tea and coffee reduced the risk and mortality of CVD.
Carbonated beverages, or sodas, have frequently been demonstrated to increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and CVD, such as subclinical cardiac remodeling and stroke.
However, until now the association between drinking large amounts of carbonated beverages and fatal CVD, or out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) of cardiac origin, was unclear.”
Saku noted that this is the first time that the association between drinking large amounts of carbonated beverages and fatal CVD, or out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), has been made clear.
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