Experts warn of viral TikTok trend after influencer suffers heart attack

Health experts are warning against a popular fitness trend on TikTok called 'dry scooping' after an influencer revealed she had suffered a heart attack as a result.

'Dry scooping' is essentially swallowing pre-workout protein powder dry, then washing it down with minimal liquid before working out, rather than mixing it with the recommended amount of fluid.

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Pre-workout powder is a popular fitness supplement. Photo: Getty

TikTok user Briatney Portillo went viral on the platform recently, after revealing she decided to take a dry pre-workout scoop after seeing it "trending on TikTok".

"Ending up in hospital because I had a 'heart attack'," she explains in a video.

Speaking to BuzzFeed, the 20-year-old explained she started to feel "tingly and itchy all over my body" but ignored that as it can sometimes be a common side-effect of a strong pre-workout.


She then said she started to feel a heavy feeling in my chest and slight pain.

"I thought maybe it was anxiety or a bad panic attack, so I decided to just ignore it and push through my workout," she added.

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Briatney Portillo shared her story on TikTok. Photos: TikTok

One user shared her shock in the comments writing: "Omg no!"

However, the trend has sparked a warning from health experts, particularly as the supplement has become increasingly popular among teens, despite being labelled 18-plus.

Cardiologist Nicole Harkin explained a lot of pre-workout powders contained a dubious list of ingredients.

"Aside from protein, pre-workout also typically contains a massive amount of caffeine, in some cases up to 500mg, as well as artificial dyes, sweeteners and emulsifiers," she told BuzzFeed.

"Taking such a large amount at once could certainly be detrimental to the body, increasing the heart rate and blood pressure acutely."

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