Cocaine is a central nervous stimulant drug that can become addictive due to the short term “high” it brings. But with this high comes health risks, including potential heart damage.
Those who use cocaine may experience abnormal blood flow to the heart. Research conducted in 2014 found that cocaine users had blood flow abnormalities in their hearts when compared to others who did not use the drug.
Cocaine users may experience side effects such as elevated heart rate and blood pressure, an increased risk for contracting diseases such as HIV and hepatitis and possibly paranoia and psychosis.
Approximately 14 percent of U.S. adults have tried cocaine, and some may complain of chest pain that may be indicative of a heart problem and need for medical attention. A dual diagnosis approach to addiction can help those suffering from cocaine abuse to experience recovery and restore their health. Contact us to learn more about how Fairwinds Treatment Center can help.