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Cocaine users could be 6 times more likely to suffer a stroke every time they use the drug

Scientists from the University of Maryland have reported that one of the side effects for cocaine users could be a six-fold more likelihood of suffering a stroke within the 24-hours after using the drug, according to a new report. Port of Call looks into some of their findings to put you in the picture.

Research published in the journal Stroke, by scientists at the University of Maryland, suggests that using cocaine raised the risk of a stroke significantly in the following 24 hours. The researchers made their claims after studying reams of data about younger sufferers of a first stroke dating from 1992 to 2008.

Side effects for cocaine users

Cocaine stroke risk

Although a history of cocaine usage was not found to increase the risk of stroke, people who said they used cocaine the day before their stroke were more than six times as likely to have suffered an attack than those who had never used cocaine.

Study author Dr Steven Kittner, of the University of Maryland, told Reuters: ‘Among other factors, we know that cocaine causes rapid increase in blood pressure and can also cause cardiac problems that can lead to stroke.’ He added that although the study doesn’t ‘prove’ causation, it certainly presents strong evidence that using cocaine could cause stroke.”

The advice from FRANK echoes the University of Maryland findings. They say: “Cocaine is highly risky for anybody with high blood pressure or a heart condition. Even perfectly healthy, young people can have a fit or heart attack after taking too much.”

“Unfortunately, this is not likely to be a deterrent for addicted users or even for most considering first use. However, it is possible that a small percent of potential users could be deterred,” added Dr Kittner.

Halt the effects of cocaine use

If you are concerned about your cocaine use – or that of a friend, colleague or family member – and are worried about the effects of cocaine on your health, then perhaps now is the time to seek help. There are many ways to get support for cocaine addiction and Port of Call can help you to access all of them.

We can give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you to find the most appropriate course of treatment and support. Whether that be staging an intervention, arranging your place in drug rehab, or on a detox programme, to securing ongoing aftercare for when your rehab period is over and you return to home life.

Take the first step on the road to recovery and make that call today – you won’t regret it.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with cocaine addiction, we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. Wherever you live, we can find a rehab for you. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 08000029010.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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