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