Medical News Today: Cocaine may increase stroke risk within 24 hours of use

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“Cocaine use is one of the risk factors we investigated and we were surprised at how strong an association there is between cocaine and stroke risk in young adults. We found the stroke risk associated with acute cocaine use is much higher than some other stroke risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.”


Research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference this year indicates that cocaine greatly increases ischemic stroke risk in young adults within 24 hours of use.

1,101 people 15 to 49 years old in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area who had strokes in 1991-2008 were compared  to 1,154 people of similar ages in the general population.

This article from MNT highlights these findings from the study:

  • Having a history of cocaine use wasn’t associated with ischemic stroke, regardless of a person’s gender or ethnicity; however, reported acute use of cocaine in the 24 hours prior to stroke was strongly associated with increased risk of stroke across different ethnicities.
  • Participants were six to seven times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke within 24 hours of cocaine use
  • This elevated stroke risk seemed similar in Caucasians and African-Americans.

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