Cardiovascular manifestations of cocaine abuse: A case of recurrent dilated cardiomyopathy

H. J. Willens, S. C. Chakko, K. M. Kessler

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The medical complications of cocaine abuse are being encountered by clinicians with increasing frequency. The cardiovascular manifestations of cocaine abuse include chest pain, myocardial ischemia and infarction, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, infective endocarditis, and aortic dissection. The pathogenesis of these cardiovascular complications has not been fully elucidated but may be related to a combination of the sympathomimetic and membrane anaesthetic effects of cocaine. We present these concepts in a case discussion format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)594-600
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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