Study Probes Ecstasy, Heart Disease
Posted by Childress on May 28, 2006
Emory University med school has released a new study which found that Ecstasy users may face the same heart attack risks as meth users.
The report focused on ecstasy-related myocardial hypertrophy, which the report says is a well-recognized complication of cocaine and methamphetamine abuse and is a strong independent risk factor for sudden death, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and congestive heart failure.
The study, lead by M.M. Patel, sought to determine if use of MDMA (methylenedioxyamphetamine or 'ecstasy') is associated with myocardial hypertrophy at death." The study was a matched, retrospective study using medical examiner (ME) death reports in 10 states and one county in the Emory area. "The findings of this study suggest that MDMA users might also be at risk for myocardial hypertrophy and possible cardiac toxicity, similar to other stimulants," the authors concluded.