A Deadly Trend
The review also looked at 98 cases of young people who had a stroke and used methamphetamine. Of these strokes, 80 percent were hemorrhagic. This is much higher than the rate of hemorrhagic stroke among the general population of people under 45, in which 40 percent to 50 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.
About one-third of young methamphetamine users who experienced a hemorrhagic stroke died as a result. That’s also much higher than the death rate among young people in the general population who experience a stroke, which is around 3 percent, the study said. The discrepancy is alarming.
Treatment And Abstinence Is the Best Course Of Action
Young people who use methamphetamine, and the doctors who treat them, need to be aware of the increased risk of stroke tied to this drug. Users should also be educated about the early warning signs of stroke; some users may experience symptoms such as headache, speech and language difficulties, and vision problems that may be temporary at first, but which later predict a stroke.
“The increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke in particular should be highlighted to young people who may use methamphetamine, and to their communities,” which may encourage them to seek help and get treatment for their drug use, the researchers said.
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