Clinical Indicators for Suspecting a Cocaine-Induced Cardiac Syndrome


Cocaine may cause cardiac disease by a number of mechanisms, including coronary artery vasospasm, arterial vasoconstriction, thrombosis and direct toxicity to myocytes. It is important to consider cocaine-induced heart disease when a person presents with an unexplained cardiac condition, since the disorder is preventable and a different approach may be needed in working with the patient.

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