Cocaine use appears to boost stroke risk in young people

Study adds to evidence of the drug’s harmful effects

By Nathan Seppa, 10:21 AM February 14, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Just as cocaine use hikes heart attack risk in young and middle-aged adults, using the drug also seems to increase stroke susceptibility — and with quick effect. A study of stroke patients finds that the stroke risk is six times greater within 24 hours of using cocaine than at other times, researchers reported February 12 at a meeting of the American Stroke Association.

The long-term risk factors underlying stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. But these chronic...

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