A fact that is being buttressed by a new study from researchers in Australia.
“Methamphetamine users and their communities should be aware that stroke can occur in young people within hours or days of use, and also as a long-term consequence,” said lead study author Dr. Julia Lappin of the University of New South Wales in Australia.
“A key feature to look out for is the sudden development of a headache, which is often extreme,” Lappin said by email. “Other signs include confusion, numbness or loss of function down one side of the body, and problems with speech and vision.”
According to the study people using meth can suddenly develop hemorrhagic strokes, a less common type that is caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain.
So why don’t you stop now?
Because if you can stop the unhealthy abuse now, you stand the chance of saving your very health before it is too late.
“The risk for stroke will almost certainly go down with abstinence,” said Dr. James Januzzi of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
“While it is hard to predict a longer term risk, given short term benefits from a heart and brain perspective, the faster a person can avoid use of methamphetamine, the better,” Januzzi, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.
SOURCE: bit.ly/2wT1Prq Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, online August 23, 2017.