A new study published in JACC: Heart Failure claims there is still hope for former methamphetamine addicts when it comes to heart disease. If they quit and undergo suitable treatment, they can improve their heart condition and even avoid suffering future cardiac events from causes related to drug use.
Does quitting meth improve the heart condition?
Methamphetamines represent the most widely used drugs all over the world. Recent studies discovered that the most common cause of death among meth users are heart failure and other related diseases. There is plenty of medicine treating these conditions, but few studies analyzed the contribution of an interrupted drug use on the heart.
Therefore, researchers took 30 methamphetamine addicts and looked if discontinued drug abused improved their heart condition. The average age of the participants was 30, and 93 percent of them were male. All of them already exhibited symptoms of heart failure, and had an ejection fraction of the left ventricle of less than 40 percent, which is the main indicative of heart disease.
Treatment is effective only if the patients stops abusing drugs
All of them received treatment for the heart condition, but only those who quit methamphetamine abuse improved their cardiac function. Also, 57 percent of these patients were less likely to suffer a fatal cardiac event, as compared to 13 percent of those who continued consuming drugs.
Young adults who abuse methamphetamine are more likely to suffer from cardiac myopathy, which later leads to heart failure. However, if the condition is detected during early stages and the patient receives the necessary treatment, the chances of recovery are high. However, they need to quit methamphetamine, or else they won’t see much improvement.
The study comes with its limitations, such as the possibility that the patients might not accept receiving therapy. Also, only patients with severe heart conditions and clear symptoms were included. The study did not look into the early stages of methamphetamine-induced heart disease.
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