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Health scare of the week: Cocaine and the heart

Young people who have used cocaine more than 10 times in their lives are at unusually high risk for a heart attack, says a new study.

Young people who have used cocaine more than 10 times in their lives are at unusually high risk for a heart attack, says a new study. Researchers from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston studied 9,000 of the young Americans who have had heart attacks since 1988. They found that 10 percent of the youngest victims of heart attack (between 18 and 45 years old) were current or former cocaine users. Use of cocaine more than 10 times, they found, caused a threefold jump in the risk of heart attack for young people, most of who had no other symptoms of heart problems. Continued cocaine abuse further increased the risk of a heart attack.

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