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Urgent warning from doctors after woman suffers heart attack from 'dry scooping'

"Dry scooping" is a TikTok trend where users eat a shot of dry, unmixed pre-workout powder. It contains up to 4 times as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Doctors are issuing an urgent warning about a new TikTok challenge called "dry-scooping" after it may have given one woman a heart attack. 

Experts say this dangerous new trend — where people take a shot of dry pre-workout powder — can have serious effects and is nothing to play around with. 

Let's connect the dots. 

Here's the first issue. These so-called "pre-workout" protein mixes aren't regulated by the FDA. Doctors say a single scoop can have three or four times as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. 

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Normally, you'd never get that much in just one sitting, but with dry-scooping, it's going straight into your bloodstream all at once. 

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That can cause way more than just your typical caffeine jitters. It can jack up your blood pressure or even cause a heart attack. Doctors say it's best to follow the directions on the packaging and mix it with water or milk do it doesn't make you sick. 

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Another concern doctors have with dry-scooping is that inhaling the powder into your throat and lungs could give you pneumonia or an infection. That's why there were so many warnings about the "cinnamon challenge" a few years ago. 

Contact Ruby Durham at rdurham@wcnc.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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