Cocaine Addiction Information
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heart Studies have shown that mere recreational use of cocaine, once or twice a week, is associated with heart problems. Researchers, using imaging techniques, compared the heart and vascular function of these casual type of cocaine users to people who didn’t use cocaine. What was found was that the people who used cocaine had a poor level of heart and vascular function in comparison. This includes increased aortic stiffness and systolic blood pressure, as well as greater left ventricular mass. These are well known issues which have potential to plant the seed for early cardiovascular problems such as heart attack. It should be emphasized that the study did not involve anybody addicted to cocaine or with a history of cocaine addiction in any way. Instead it reflected a group of employed, young adults who only use the drug on a social basis. So, apparently even the nonchalant and random use of cocaine for the sake of partying here and there could lead to heart problems. This fact should not be taken lightly.

A majority (about 90%) of the participants in this study were male, and in almost all of these cases the administration was snorting the drug. Forty people were recruited for this study, twenty having never used cocaine. The other twenty were cocaine users that had to have at least been involved in a monthly use of the drug in the twelve months prior to the beginning of the study. The harm done to the body of recreational cocaine users versus non-users is pretty significant when analyzed under a study such as this one. Though it may appear that a little bit of coke once in a while, even just once a month, might not be a big deal amongst the general party scenes, there is actually quite a major difference in the health of people who choose not to dabble in the substance at all. Even when a user feels perfectly healthy, cocaine could trigger sudden death. The risks for heart attacks, strokes and death is dramatically increased with cocaine users. It has been said that cocaine can sometimes silently cause irreversible heart-muscle damage which might take some time to show up in a noticeable manner. This is all compounded by the fact that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol to excess are linked to cocaine use, habits which cause damage to the heart as well.

Other short term effects of this narcotic are loss of appetite, increased body temperature, disruption of sleep, nausea, violent behavior, anxiety and paranoia, panic, irritability, and even seizures. The long term effects include malnutrition, severe tooth decay, sexual problems, disorientation, mood disturbances, severe depression, weight loss and liver, kidney and lung damage. The drug is definitely up there as far as tolerance goes and commonly leads the user to an addictive and degrading condition over time. These are factors to look at in addition to the subject at hand. The use of cocaine, no matter how light in comparison to heavy use, is a surefire way to cause damage to somebody’s health whether or not the person using it thinks that they have a “serious” problem.