Warning over dangerous ‘dry scooping’ Tik Tok trend as woman, 20, suffers a heart attack

A WOMAN has suffered a heart attack after attempting the "dry scooping" TikTok trend.

Briatney Portillo tried the trend before a work out and said she immediately started to feel itchy.

The trend has gone viral on TikTok and sees users taking a scoop of protein powder without diluting it in a shaker.

Instead they put it in their mouth and they drink water afterwards.

Briatney, 20, who lives in Connecticut, US, tried the trend in April in order to give her more energy for her workout.

The OnlyFans star explained: "I just took pre-workout powder and ate it directly and tried to swallow it, and then followed it with chugging water.

"I started to feel itchy in my hands and full body shortly after, and then I started sweating a lot.

“I started weightlifting and my chest felt slightly heavy and hurting a bit. I ignored it because I assumed it was anxiety or a panic attack and continued with my workout."

The student said she then went home and that it was then that she started to experience nausea and developed a headache.

She said: "I went home and felt nauseous and had a headache. I took a shower but still felt nauseous with a headache couldn’t eat dinner.

"I still decided to go to work, but at work the symptoms of heavy chest and chest pain came back but more intense.

“In the locker room I was sweating profusely again and my head was hurting. The pain went to my back and my left arm.

"That’s when I knew it wasn’t anxiety and was maybe a heart attack.”

Briatney went to hospital, where doctors took blood samples and took a CT scan and ultrasound of her heart.


She was diagnosed with an NSTEMI heart attack – which is typically less damaging than the more common STEMI heart attack.

Doctors also told her she has a sensitivity to caffeine, which she had not been aware of before.

Experts have now warned against the trend which saw the 20-year-old being hospitalised.

Shivraj Bassi, CEO & Founder of Innermost said the trend has "blown up" on TikTok but added that it comes with risks.

He said: "The main risk with dry scooping is breathing in the powder and the powder clumping together in your throat increasing the risk of choking and suffocation.

"Also, some cheaper pre-workouts on the market contain high levels of caffeine.

What is a NSTEMI?

An NSTEMI is a non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction

The NHS states that it is usually less serious than other types of heart attacks such as ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

It states: "An NSTEMI can be less serious than an STEMI because the supply of blood to the heart may be only partially, rather than completely, blocked.

"As a result, a smaller section of the heart may be damaged. However, an NSTEMI is still regarded as a serious medical emergency.

"Without treatment, it can progress to serious heart damage or STEMI."

Source: NHS England

"Dry scooping these can put your body through stress, increased heart rate, dehydration, and more.

"Finally, mixing your pre-workout with water helps increase the bioavailability of the ingredients, which should make it more effective if you’re taking it before your workout."

Luckily, Briatney has recovered well and is back to working out – though she now avoids caffeine products.

She added: “I would advise everyone to know their caffeine tolerance, and to just mix it with water – don’t do dry scooping just because it’s trending online.”

She shared her experience on TikTok and her post has now been viewed 2.3 million times and racked up more than 335,000 likes, with thousands of people taking to the comments to share their shock.

Some thanked her for the warning and said they had been planning to try the trend before her video.

One person said: “Did pre-workout once. I was laying on the floor cold sweating and smelling colours – never again.”

“Exactly, I did this and had a stroke,” another person added.

Another user commented: “The one and only time I tried pre without my heart rate skyrocketed.”

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