Drinks, drugs linked with heart diseases

eAwaz Health

New York – A study, published in the journal Heart, says recreational drinking, smoking and drug use can increase premature heart disease in young people, particularly among younger women. The study suggests that those who regularly use 4 or more substances are 9 times as likely to be affected.
Researcher Anthony Wayne Orr from Louisiana State University, says: “The growing body of research on these issues suggests the need for a nationwide education campaign on the potential long-term damage being done to the cardiovascular system in patients with substance use disorders.” He says use of cocaine and methamphetamine have been associated with faster cell ageing and neurocognitive decline, with higher than average loss of grey matter. About 135,703 people with premature heart disease and 7,716 with extremely premature heart disease were roped in. They were compared with 111,245 people who did not have premature heart disease.
They explored if recreational use of tobacco, cannabis, alcohol and illicit drugs, such as amphetamine and cocaine, might be linked to prematurely and extremely prematurely furred up arteries. After accounting for potentially influential factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, those who smoked tobacco were nearly twice as likely to have premature heart disease while those who drank recreationally were 50 per cent more likely to do so. Cocaine users were almost 2.5 times as likely to have premature heart disease, while those who used amphetamines were nearly 3 times as likely to do so. Cannabis users were over 2.5 times as likely for it while those using other drugs were around 2.5 times as likely to do so.