Cocaine's heart damage often undetectable

November 19, 2014 5:53 PM

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Cocaine's heart damage often undetectable

Using cocaine can damage the heart's smallest vessels, but this problem doesn't show up on routine medical tests, according to a new study.

"We see many emergency room admissions because patients experience chest pain following cocaine use," said study researcher Dr. Varun Kumar, an internist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago.

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