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Cardiomyopathy associated with the smoking of crystal methamphetamine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1996001     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The smoking of crystal methamphetamine, or "ice," is a growing drug abuse problem in the United States. The toxic effects of methamphetamine smoking have not been well described. We describe two patients with cardiovascular toxic effects associated with the smoking of crystal methamphetamine. In our first patient, the use of smokeable methamphetamine was associated with the subsequent development of pulmonary edema and a dilated cardiomyopathy. In our second patient, the smoking of crystal methamphetamine likely produced diffuse vasospasm that resulted in acute myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, and death. The recognition of potentially lethal cardiac complications associated with the smoking of crystal methamphetamine is of extreme significance and should be emphasized to potential abusers of this drug.
R Hong; E Matsuyama; K Nur
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JAMA     Volume:  265     ISSN:  0098-7484     ISO Abbreviation:  JAMA     Publication Date:  1991 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-03-27     Completed Date:  1991-03-27     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501160     Medline TA:  JAMA     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1152-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / chemically induced*
Methamphetamine / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Myocardial Infarction / chemically induced*
Shock, Cardiogenic / chemically induced
Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
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