Crystal methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy: tip of the iceberg?

@article{Wijetunga2003CrystalMC,
  title={Crystal methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy: tip of the iceberg?},
  author={Mevan Wijetunga and Todd B. Seto and Joseph Lindsay and Irwin J. Schatz},
  journal={Journal of toxicology. Clinical toxicology},
  year={2003},
  volume={41 7},
  pages={
          981-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND Crystal methamphetamine has become a drug of widespread use. Previous reports describe myocardial infarction, pulmonary edema, and aortic dissection related to methamphetamine use. Cardiomyopathy due to methamphetamine exposure has been rarely described. METHODS We identified 1640 patients admitted in a 4-yr period with a primary or secondary diagnosis of cardiomyopathy. We excluded patients with known cause of cardiomyopathy other than substance abuse. We found 120 patients had a… CONTINUE READING

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