Tuesday, April 3, 2007

"Meth kills", and cocaine too. Mostly by causing strokes

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have done an analysis of "more than 8,300 stroke patients — ranging in age from 18 to 44 — at more than 500 Texas hospitals in the years 2000 through 2003."

Their conclusion? “Using amphetamines or cocaine significantly increases an individual’s risk for a stroke,”

And more data: "The study focused on two kinds of strokes: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Most strokes — which involve a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain — are ischemic, caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes, on the other hand, result from bleeding into brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts.
An evaluation of patient study data from 2003, the first year that U.S. hospitals were required to make a distinction between the two types of strokes in their diagnoses of stroke victims, showed that young people who abuse amphetamines are five times more likely to have a hemorrhagic stroke than non-abusers. If cocaine is abused, the person’s likelihood of having either a hemorrhagic or an ischemic stroke more than doubles."

Well, Mr. Mackey was right, "Drugs are bad, m-kay?"


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