Cocaine Heart Attacks and High Blood Pressure

Cocaine is tremendously dangerous drug. Besides being highly addictive, cocaine also causes serious heart problems. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death around the world for men and women. If you or someone you care about uses cocaine, you need to know some important heart health facts.

Cocaine Raises Blood PressureMy closed heart still bleeds

Cocaine is a strong stimulant. When a person takes cocaine into their body, it gives them a physiological jolt. It causes blood vessels to squeeze and become smaller, which raises blood pressure and heart rate. High blood pressure can eventually cause the blood vessel walls to become weakened. It can also cause
heart muscle damage from being overworked.

Cocaine creates short periods of high blood pressure over and over. This creates an increased risk of an aneurysm, which is a balloon-like pocket formed in the blood vessel. A blood vessel with an aneurysm can easily rupture and cause internal bleeding and even death. Aneurysms also increase the risk for heart attacks.

When a woman is pregnant, high blood pressure can be life threatening. It can be dangerous for both the mother and the child. High blood pressure is checked frequently throughout a woman’s pregnancy because it can become a serious problem very quickly. Cocaine use increases this already challenging risk during
pregnancy.

Who Will help If You Have A Cocaine Induced Heart Attack

Cocaine dramatically increases your chances of poor heart and circulation health. When a person’s heart stops, they only have eight minutes before the brain begins to die. If you life a drug lifestyle, what are your chances are of living through a heart attack? Do your drug-using friends or drug dealers know CPR? Could you be alone during a drug binge when it happens? These aren’t meant to be mean sarcastic questions. They are very real scenarios that a person doing
cocaine has to consider.

So when your friend or family member suggests that you go to drug rehab, what would your answer be? Many people doing cocaine are hesitant to start drug rehab for several reasons. They know that the withdrawal with be uncomfortable. They aren’t confident they could keep themselves drug free. They don’t know how they would cope with life any other way. And they simply don’t want to go through so much change, even if they see it as a good idea.

Drug Rehab Can Save Your Life And Keep Your Heart Healthy

These are all reasonable and understandable concerns about drug rehab. But the heart attack risk for cocaine users is also very real. Continued cocaine use makes the blood vessels and heart weaker all the time. It’s like a ticking time bomb with no way to know when it will go off. Yes, drug rehab can be a huge challenge. But
are you willing to risk your life and keeping putting off drug rehab? It’s an important choice that only you can make.

Wendy Lee Nentwig

By Wendy Lee Nentwig
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