27-year-old footballer dies of cardiac arrest after drinking glass of ice-cold water at end of match

A 27-year-old amateur footballer in Peru has died from a heart attack after he drank a glass of ice-cold water post-match.

Ludwin Florez Nole

According to reports from the international media, Ludwin Florez Nole had just finished playing with his local side Los Rangers in Sullana Province, north west Peru, when he started to feel unwell and went home.

His wife said he then drank a cool glass of water. "Shortly afterwards he started to have chest pains so I took him to a nearby clinic, but he died on the way," she said.

"The doctor told me that he suffered a heart attack because he drank too much cold water while his body was still hot."

Medics believed that the cold water caused a change in the sportsman's heart rate, leading to a cardiovascular reflex.

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