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Cocaine use associated with often fatal heart condition

Type A dissections involve the ascending aorta (the portion closest to the heart) and usually require surgery. Type B dissections involve lower sections of the aorta and are sometimes treated with blood-pressure-lowering medications alone. The two groups (cocaine users and non-users) did not differ with respect to type of dissection; however, cocaine users were more likely to undergo emergency surgery. Twenty nine percent of the cocaine users died as a result of aortic dissection as compared to seventeen percent of the non-cocaine users.


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Contact: Maureen McInaney
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University of California - San Francisco
11-Mar-2002


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