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Cocaine Can Cause Heart Attack Symptoms

By March 19, 2008

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Young people who use cocaine and end up in the emergency room with heart attack symptoms should tell the doctor about their drug use because some treatments for heart attacks can be deadly to someone using cocaine. The American Heart Association (AMA) says cocaine use can memic many of the symptoms of a heart attack.

This week the AMA released new guidelines for emergency room doctors warning that heart attack symptoms in younger patients with no risk factors for heart disease can be caused by cocaine use. Doctors should ask these patients if they have recently used cocaine, the AMA says.

The AMA recommends monitoring these patients instead of admitting them to the hospital, because most cocaine-associated chest pain is not a heart attack. They should be given an electrocardiogram and other tests to rule out heart attack.

Typical Treatments Dangerous for Cocaine Users

Two treatments typically given to heart attack victims can be dangerous to someone using cocaine.

Clot-busting drugs, also known as thrombolytics, can lessen the long-term damage from stroke or heart attack, but they risk causing bleeding into the brain in patients whose blood pressure is increased due to using cocaine.

Beta blockers are used to lower blood pressure without constricting arteries in the case of a typical heart attack, but have the exact opposite effect on someone doing cocaine. Beta blockers will increase their blood pressure and constrict their arteries, which are already narrowed by the cocaine use.

Therefore, the AMA recommends that cocaine users tell doctors about their use if they end up in the emergency room. It could be a matter of life or death.

The new American Heart Association guidelines were published in the March 17, 2008 online edition of the journal Circulation.

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Comments
November 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm
(1) mary says:

My brother has told me that he use cocaine over 5 years at the cost of one thousand per day, wondering what effects this will have on his overall health, he has infected toenails, had his entire nasal septum replaced, due to destroyed cartiledge, wondering if the drug has also caused detrimental effects on his heart and heart valves, he functions because his office basically runs itsself without him being present, yet he has bizarre ideology, such as he see the dead ghosts of dogs fequently at night, see’s UFO’s frequently, He goes out of his body atleat 8 times a day, at will, he can remote view, see’s things happening continents away, believes truly he is telepathic, made many heart rendering prdictions, such as my sister 3 years older than myself would die before my Mom, she passed 2 years ago and my sister is still alive and well. His personality has changed to the point of diabolicle, very scarey, he has become a brother that was very close, into a total, aggitated, evil speaking person. Is this from the long term use of cocaine, he makes plenty of money but claims he decided to stop using because he was spending more in one day than what he was making, clear, after taxes and paying emplyees, is it possible that he could stop ubrutly for that reason or would one quess, that isn’t the truth and he is still using, he has become a person full of hate and revenge, sad, answer please?????

January 30, 2013 at 2:29 am
(2) kellee says:

my guess is he’s still using & just wanted to get you and others off his back. my father passed away 2 weeks ago tommorrow from heart issues & i know that he was a user of cocoine in the past. he was too young to die, but reading this, i know it was the coke that did it to him. he may have even stopped using & just had already done the damage. very sad that some people choose to throw their life away like this.

March 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm
(3) crack says:

I quite like looking through an article that will make people think.
Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

September 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm
(4) Boykie Naidoo says:

my son has been using coke he is now in Rehab. what an unpleasant time it has been. the only remedy is detox &pray

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