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Re: Larry -- long-term damage to heart from cocaine? AMD

Posted by Larry Hoover on April 3, 2005, at 9:52:21

In reply to Larry -- long-term damage to heart from cocaine?, posted by AMD on March 30, 2005, at 17:39:59

> Larry,
>
> I have a question for you regarding the effects of cocaine on the heart. I realize there is a danger of stroke or other heart/brain damage from the acute effects of a cocaine binge. But assuming one abstains from the drug, is there any long-term damage to blood vessels, etc., and does this damage cure over time? I have a doctor appointment tomorrow -- would he be able to assess whether there is damage to the heart or, in particular, the brain from my recent use? Or, if my blood pressure and heart rate are normal, and I continue to exercise, will I more-of-less heal?
>
> Finally, is three times of use even something to worry about with regard to this?
>
> Thanks, from your neighborhood pest,
>
> amd

Sorry, I didn't notice this post before. Yes, it is possible to cause damage to the heart and/or blood vessels, but, and that's a big but, you'd be in a hypertensive crisis, and I'm pretty sure you'd know about that. There may be an increased risk of rhythm disturbance, but again, there would be all kinds of signs of that happening. In other words, simply getting high is no big deal. Your heart generally does more excited behaviour during good sex. We're built to handle that sort of thing.

Lar

 

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