Methamphetamine Use May Be Related to Heart Disease
Join Together, February 15, 2007
Young patients diagnosed with a
disease of the heart muscle called cardiomyopathy had
a high incidence of methamphetamine use, reseachers
found in a recent study.
reported Feb. 14 that researchers led by Khung-Keong
Yeo of the University of California Davis Medical
Center estimated that meth use triples the risk of
cardiomyopathy. Yeo and colleagues drew their
conclusions from an examination of the medical records
of 107 cardiomyopathy patients under age 45.
Yeo said the drug could cause the
disease by causing spasms in the heart arteries, by
direct toxicity, by elevating blood pressure and heart
rate, or by causing hardening of the arteries.
The study appears in the February
2007 issue of the
American Journal of Medicine.
Yeo, K.K., et al. (2007) The Association of
Methamphetamine Use and Cardiomyopathy in Young
Patients. The American Journal of Medicine,