Cocaine use linked to long-term effects on cardiovascular system

A Sydney study of 20 regular recreational users found they had a 30–35% increase in aortic stiffening, 8mmHg higher systolic blood pressure and 18% greater thickness of the left ventricle wall compared to 20 non-users, when assessed at least 48 hours after they last took cocaine.

Previous research has looked at the immediate affects, primarily among addicts. The study was prompted by five cocaine-related myocardial infarcts in young men who presented to Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) within the past two years.

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