Keywords: cocaine, myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis (PubMed Search)
Acute use of cocaine increases risk of acute MI due to tachydysrhythmias, vasospasm, and increased platelet aggregation. There is a 24-fold increased risk of MI in the first hour after use of cocaine. 6% of patients presenting with cocaine-chest pain rule in for acute MI.
[Weber, Acad Emerg Med 2000]