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    Cocaine and chest pain
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    An_247551 posted:
    Hello, yesterday someone I know had a horrific experience his first time trying cocaine. He felt like he was having a heart attack and was very frightened. After many hours he finally calmed down and realized that he could not have been having a heart attack since it had been many hours and he hadn't died/fainted/whatever yet and his heart rate and pains were starting to return to normal. He was amazed that he could have such a negative reaction since he did not do that much coke.

    It is now the next morning and though he didn't have a heart attack he is worried that he could have caused some permanent heart damage. Unfortunately he refuses to go to a hospital. This morning his heart rate is back to normal though even small exercise such as walking up the stairs causes his heart rate to go up higher than it should, so he is resting for now. What concerns him is that though as long as he rests his heart rate seems to be fine, he still has chest pains. He is not sure if this chest pain is a temporary after effect caused by the coke or if it is a sign of permanent heart damage.

    He describes the pain as being different from last night where the chest pains felt like the symptoms of a heart attack. Last night they weren't very painful, but felt like pressure or rubber bands around his arm. Some quick internet searching found that coke can often mimic the signs of a heart attack, but of course it could also have been real, and that is why he worries that it could have caused permanent damage. Now he describes the pain as being an ache in his chest.

    So can you explain whether this is a temporary pain, or a sign of permanent damage? Or will he have to rest and wait it out and see how long it lasts?
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "So can you explain whether this is a temporary pain, or a sign of permanent damage?"

    Realistically, no one can truly determine this. ONLY a qualified doctor or doctors, using the appropriate diagnostics can.

    ......"and realized that he could not have been having a heart attack since it had been many hours and he hadn't died/fainted/whatever yet and his heart rate and pains were starting to return to normal."

    Regardless of that, a drug-induced heart attack (or a heart attack in general, and at any age) still may/could have occurred.

    "Unfortunately he refuses to go to a hospital"

    That is unfortunate.

    General info -

    About com

    Cocaine and the Heart

    Not only is cocaine physically and psychologically addictive, it can kill you -- even on the first try.

    http://heartdisease.about.com/lw/Health-Medicine/Drugs-and-treatments/Cocaine-and-the-Heart.htm

    WebMD

    Cocaine Use and its Effects

    http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/cocaine-use-and-its-effects

    Best of luck down the road of life to the person you speak of.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)




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    Heart Attack

    What Is A Heart Attack? Types Of Heart Attack. Symptoms Of A Heart Attack.

    Is It A Heart Attack?......

    http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/heartattack/HA_whatis.html
    Imaging Ischemia or a Heart Attack

    Isotope/Nuclear Stress Test

    SEE: Actual rest/stress nuclear images

    The physician can separate a normal left ventricle, from ischemia (live muscle with flow that is compromised only during exercise) and the scar tissue of a heart attack. The distinction is made in the following way.......

    http://www.heartsite.com/html/isotope_stress.html

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    Heart Disease TYPES

    Men and Women

    Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men

    Heart Disease SYMPTOMS

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms

    Mayo Clinic

    Heart Disease

    Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affects your heart and sometimes the blood vessels......

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120

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    LEARN ABOUT the Heart


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    The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems

    http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart

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    http://your-doctor.com/healthinfocenter/medical-conditions/cardiovascular/heartpump-tutorial.html


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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "Unfortunately he refuses to go to a hospital."

    That is unfortunate.

    "So can you explain whether this is a temporary pain, or a sign of permanent damage?"

    Realistically, no one can truly deterime this via the Internet. ONLY a qualified doctor or doctors, using the appropriate diagnostics can.

    ......"and realized that he could not have been having a heart attack since it had been many hours and he hadn't died/fainted/whatever yet and his heart rate and pains were starting to return to normal."

    Regardless of that, a drug-induced heart attack (or a heart attack in general, and at any age) stll may/could of occurred.

    General info -

    About com

    Cocaine and the Heart

    Not only is cocaine physically and psychologically addictive, it can kill you -- even on the first try.

    http://heartdisease.about.com/lw/Health-Medicine/Drugs-and-treatments/Cocaine-and-the-Heart.htm

    WebMD

    Cocaine Use and its Effects

    http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/cocaine-use-and-its-effects

    Best of luck down the road of life to the person you speak of.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)

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    Be well-informed

    As Applicable (must be 100% confirmed, diagnosed)

    eHealthMD

    Heart Attack

    What Is A Heart Attack? Types Of Heart Attack. Symptoms Of A Heart Attack.

    Is It A Heart Attack?......

    http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/heartattack/HA_whatis.html
    Imaging Ischemia or a Heart Attack (myocardial infarction, MI, actual death or necrosis of heart muscle/tissue/cells)

    HeartSite

    Isotope/Nuclear Stress Test

    SEE: Actual rest/stress nuclear images

    The physician can separate a normal left ventricle, from ischemia (live muscle with flow that is compromised only during exercise) and the scar tissue of a heart attack......

    http://www.heartsite.com/html/isotope_stress.html

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    WebMD

    Heart Disease TYPES

    Men and Women

    Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men

    Heart Disease SYMPTOMS

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms

    Mayo Clinic

    Heart Disease

    Symptoms. Complications. Tests and diagnosis. Treatments and drugs. Prevention....

    Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart and sometimes your blood vessels......

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120

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    LEARN ABOUT the Heart


    WebMD

    The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems

    http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart

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    WebMD/WebMD forums DOES NOT provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

    NEVER delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on WebMD.

    IF YOU have a medical emergency CALL 911.

     
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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    I don't know for certain what is going on with your friend, but I can tell you that cocaine can be associated with abnormal heart rhythms as well as other forms of heart disease, including heart attacks. Lots of great reasons never to use it again. I'd recommend he get checked out by a doctor.


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