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Cardiovascular Effects of Drug Abuse

How Common Drugs of Abuse Affect Your Heart

Drug abuse can undermine your physical and mental health. The effects of substance abuse issues vary depending on the factors such as substance type, duration of use, and other health factors. Many of the most dangerous substances can lead to serious cardiovascular conditions, including heart attack. Combining drugs or using them  with alcohol can worsen conditions like high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, and other forms of heart disease and lead to heart attack or stroke. 

Here, we’ll discuss some of the common addictive substances and their effects on your cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular Effects of Stimulants

Drugs such as meth and cocaine are powerful stimulants. They can increase energy and focus, which are a few reasons why people abuse them, but stimulants also have an immediate and negative effect on your cardiovascular system. After using cocaine, for instance, your heart rate speeds up and blood vessel constriction increases blood pressure. As the heart pumps harder, the risk for a deadly complication like stroke or heart attack increases. 

According to a recent study, heart damage caused by methamphetamine could potentially be reversible if the individual stops using this drug. Unfortunately, some types of heart damage may be irreversible. That’s why it’s important to safeguard your heart health by calling Golden Peak Recovery to begin your journey of healing through recovery.

Cardiovascular Effects of Opioids

Abuse of opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin has reached epidemic proportions in the United States Not only can opioids cause respiratory failure l, they can also damage your cardiovascular health. Abuse of opioids can lead to collapsed veins, bacterial infections, heart valve issues or more severe conditions like strokes. Chronic abuse of drugs like heroin can cause a deadly buildup of fibrotic scars on the heart muscle, which can result in sudden cardiac death. 

Cardiovascular Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol is categorized as a depressant, but it also has some stimulative effects. Both one’s heart rate and blood pressure increase within moments of taking a drink. Typically, they will return to a normal rate as alcohol leaves the system. However, people who drink alcohol in excess may experience a chronic increase in heart rate and blood pressure, which is linked to a heightened risk for a cardiac emergency.

Heavy alcohol abuse is linked to the development of arrhythmia, a condition that causes the heart to speed up or slow down. The result can be the development of blood clots as well as a heart attack or stroke. Some people who experience alcohol abuse can also develop congestive heart failure; aside from heart damage, this condition also leads to organ failure.

Are You Ready to Seek Treatment?

Recovery from drug and alcohol abuse can help to protect your cardiovascular health and prevent other health-related emergencies. However, the physical and psychological aspects of addiction may make that easier said than done. That’s why having support and guidance throughout your recovery journey is so important for long-term success. Contact Golden Peak Recovery at 855-617-0835 for a confidential consultation. When you call, we can help you choose the right treatment plan for you. Together, we can help you achieve your recovery goals and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.