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Meth Use Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Research suggests a link between a disease of the heart muscle called cardiomyopathy and Meth use.  The research, conducted at a medical center in Hawaii, reviewed charts of all patients aged 45 and younger discharged with a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy between January 2001 and June 2004.  There were 107 patients. These were compared with 114 controls matched for age but discharged without evidence of heart trouble.
After adjusting for age, body weight and renal failure, the researchers found that the odds of cardiomyopathy was 3.7-fold higher in Meth users compared with non-users.

SOURCE: American Journal of Medicine, February 2007

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