Health Consequences of Drug Misuse
Cardiovascular Effects

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Studies have found that most drugs can have adverse cardiovascular effects, ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attack. Smoking tobacco substantially increases the risk of heart disease, including stroke, heart attack, and vascular disease.

Researchers are now reporting that the use of e-cigarettes significantly increases a person’s risk of developing chronic lung diseases like asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Injection drug use can also lead to cardiovascular problems such as collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.

Drugs that can effect the cardiovascular system: