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Is Meth Use Destroying Vets’ Hearts?

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 — Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report.
Heart failure cases linked to meth use among vets nearly quadrupled during the past decade at the San Diego VA Medical Center, rising from 1.7 percent in 2005 to 8 percent in 2015, investigators found.
Veterans using meth also tended to develop heart failure at a much younger age, around 61, on average, compared with 72 for typical heart failure patients, said lead researcher Dr. Marin Nishimura. She is an internal medicine resident with the University of California, San Diego.
“When we see a younger individual who comes to the hospital with heart failure, we should be thinking about meth use,” Nishimura said.
Heart failure is a…
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