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13 February 2014

Cocaine increases stroke risk sevenfold

A new study indicates that in the 24 hours after using cocaine, a young adult's risk of a stroke increases almost sevenfold.

In the 24 hours after using cocaine, a young adult's risk of a stroke increases almost sevenfold, according to a new study.

Physiological effects

"Cocaine use can result in the constriction of blood vessels; increased heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure; and decreased oxygen supply to the brain," said Cheng, who also is a research scientist at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Centre. "These physiological effects may boost the risk of stroke."

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