A case of acute myocardial infarction due to the use of cayenne pepper pills

Akuter Myokardinfarkt als Folge der Einnahme von Cayenne Pfeffer Pillen: Ein Fallbericht


The use of weight loss pills containing cayenne pepper has ever been increasing. The main component of cayenne pepper pills is capsaicin. There are conflicting data about the effects of capsaicin on the cardiovascular system. In this paper, we present the case of a 41 year old male patient with no cardiovascular risk factors who took cayenne pepper pills to lose weight and developed acute myocardial infarction.


Der Gebrauch von Cayenne Pfeffer enthaltende Pillen zur Gewichtsabnahme nimmt immer mehr zu. Der Hauptwirkstoff der Cayenne Pfeffer Pillen ist Capsaicin, dessen Wirkung auf das kardiovaskuläre System umstritten ist. In der vorliegenden Arbeit stellen wir den Fall eines 41-jährigen männlichen Patienten ohne kardiovaskuläre Risikofaktoren vor, der zur Gewichtsabnahme Cayenne Pfeffer Pillen einnahm und einen akuten Herzinfarkt erlitt.

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Sayin, M., Karabag, T., Dogan, S. et al. A case of acute myocardial infarction due to the use of cayenne pepper pills. Wien Klin Wochenschr 124, 285–287 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00508-012-0163-8

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  • Capsaicin
  • Acute coronary syndrome


  • Capsaicin
  • Akuter Herzinfarkt