Woman Has Heart Attack After Attempting ‘Dry-Scoop’ TikTok Trend

A woman has suffered from a heart attack after attempting the ‘dry-scoop’ protein shake TikTok trend. 
Credit: @brivtny/TikTok

A woman claims she suffered a heart attack after attempting the ‘dry-scoop’ protein shake TikTok trend. 

Briatney Portillo, from Florida, US, consumed the mix undiluted after seeing people try it on social media and, as a result, began to experience ‘limp’ arms, dizziness, and chest pains. 

She’s now warning others not to attempt the dangerous trend. 

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The woman suffered from a heart attack after attempting the dry-scoop trend she’d seen on TikTok. Credit: @brivtny/TikTok

She captioned the post: “Taking a dry pre-workout scoop because I saw it trending on TikTok. 

“Ending up in hospital because I had a heart attack.”

Portillo’s video has been viewed over 2.3million times and many people have praised the TikToker for speaking out against the bizarre craze. 

“Thanks for putting it out there! Dry-scooping is so dangerous!!! Please blend with water and wait 20 mins before working out!” one viewer commented. 

Another added: “There’s a reason you mix it girly. Don’t listen to strangers on the internet.”

A third said: “And this is why we don’t listen to influencers.”

Opening up about the heart attack, Portillo told BuzzFeed News: “After I took the pre-workout, I started to feel tingly and itchy all over my body, which wasn’t a good feeling, but I googled it and it said that was a normal side effect. … So I began to do my workout.”

She continued: “I started to feel a heavy feeling in my chest and slight pain, but it wasn’t too bad.

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

However, the exotic dancer then began to notice that the pain was intensifying as she sat in her work’s locker room.

Portillo explained: “The pain went to my back and to my left arm and my left arm went slightly limp, so I knew those were symptoms of a heart attack. I called 911 and the ambulance came.”

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It was then that the American was told she’d suffered from a heart attack from copying the dry-scoop trend.

Dry-scooping involves taking pre-workout mixes in their original, dry form, instead of diluting it with water.

However, these mixes can often contain a high amount of caffeine, which can lead to people experiencing heart attacks.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.