Meth is tough on hearts

Methamphetamine users run the risk of developing tough protein fibres in the muscles of their heart, according to new research which was presented at the American Heart Association.

The researchers used heart samples obtained from autopsies of 32 chronic meth users who died from meth overdose or from gunshot wounds, hanging, blunt force injury, stab wounds or sudden heart or lung problems. These were compared with samples from five non-substance users who also died suddenly from gunshot, hanging, blunt force injury or blood clots in the lungs.

It’s reckoned that some 2 million Americans use the illegal drug.