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Did you know that using cocaine, even just a few times in a social setting, can still negatively affect your heart? A recent study conducted by scientists in Australia found that even recreational cocaine use can still negatively affect the heart, leading to early heart troubles.

Researchers found that cocaine use is associated with an increase in systolic blood pressure, aortic stiffness, and left ventricular mass in young and otherwise healthy people. According to the study, “Compared with the non-user control cohort, cocaine users had increased aortic stiffness and systolic blood pressure, associated with greater left ventricular mass. These measures are all well known risk factors for premature cardiovascular events, highlighting the dangers of cocaine use, even in a ‘social’ setting, and have important public health implications.”

The effects of using cocaine include feelings of energy, euphoria, and an elevated mood. Cocaine also decreases the need to sleep or eat. Using too much cocaine at one time is associated with feelings of paranoia, restlessness, irritability, and anxiety.

Many people think it’s safe to experiment with different drugs, as long as they don’t get addicted. However, the study mentioned above shows this is not the case. Healthy people who occasionally use cocaine are still putting themselves at risk of an early heart attack or stroke. Long-term use of cocaine can trigger panic attacks and paranoia. Snorting cocaine over a long period of time can also lead to frequent nose bleeds and ulceration of the mucous membrane of the nose.

Unfortunately, cocaine is very psychologically addictive. Users will need treatment to help them overcome the addictiveness of the drug. Most cocaine treatment programs focus on why the user felt like he or she needed to use cocaine in the first place. Many times, people start to use a drug to cover up a mental health issue (like depression) or to self-medicate for trauma that may have occurred in their past.

If you or someone you love is struggling with cocaine addiction, don’t wait to get help. Call us now to learn more about our cocaine treatment program.

Occasional Cocaine Use Affects the Heart
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