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Old 04-12-2018, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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I know a family that has 2 sons. The parents of these sons are in their mid 70s and in good health, AFAIK. The mother's parents lived to an old age before passing on. I don't know to what age the father's parents lived to, but I know this father's grandfather lived to an old age.

The 2 sons referenced above had heart attacks in their 40s. The younger one had his attack in his early to mid 40s and almost died. The type of attack he had goes by the nick-name the "widow maker", I think. I don't know how close to death his older brother's heart attack brought him.

Both of these heart attack victims were cocaine users. I don't know heavy their habit was. I was wondering if they wouldn't have had heart attacks if not for the drugs. Any opinions on how much the cocaine contributed to their physical health issue?
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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It may be hard to quantify the contribution from the cocaine, but it certainly did not help.

Cocaine is 'the perfect heart attack drug' - even if you only use it only a few times a year | Daily Mail Online

Stroke:

Snorting cocaine increases the risk of a stroke by 700% in the 24 hours after use | Daily Mail Online
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:20 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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Even if you are only occasionally doing coke, there is a pretty good chance you also regularly indulge in other substances that also contribute to heart disease and stroke. I have never known anyone that does coke by itself. They might settle into that being their drug of choice, but they are most likely cigarette smokers and have a marijuana and/or alcohol habit. They are more willing to try other substances as well.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:25 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Len Bias
How Cocaine Killed Leonard Bias - TIME

John Belushi, although he was also using heroin
https://www.nytimes.com/1982/03/11/u...d-cocaine.html

Chris Farley
https://www.nytimes.com/1998/01/03/u...-overdose.html
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Of course the Cocaine contributed, that's a no brainer.; however, an autopsy should have been done to see if there was anything else that contributed. Two brothers in the in their 40's though that are Cocaine users, most likely the drugs!
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:31 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Of course the Cocaine contributed, that's a no brainer.; however, an autopsy should have been done to see if there was anything else that contributed. Two brothers in the in their 40's though that are Cocaine users, most likely the drugs!
I don't think they died so the autopsy doesn't apply but YES cocaine can certainly contribute to heart problems. It is a stimulant and the amount can trigger an overdose or gradually damage the heart muscles over time.
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