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Heart Failure Triggered By Meth Skyrockets In California

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Heart failure will occur naturally in some people, but there are also things that can trigger it. Those include methamphetamine, which can threaten and damage the heart and circulatory system a number of ways.

Researchers looked into data on methamphetamine-related heart failure over an 11-year period in California, and found its occurrence rising by triple digits.

For example, hospitalizations for meth-related heart failure jumped 585% over the study period.

The research is published in a journal of the American Heart Association; cardiologist Dr. Susan Zhao at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose is lead author and our guest.

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