Illegal Drugs and CHD

Illegal Drugs and CHD

The major reason that nobody should do street drugs is simple: They’re dangerous and they’re illegal. This includes drugs like methamphetamines, heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine. It also can include pain medications (when they are not prescribed by a doctor for pain).

But there are even more reasons why people with CHD should avoid illegal drugs:

  • Some drugs stimulate the heart and make it beat faster and work harder.
  • Some drugs cause life-threatening heart rhythms and even collapse.

Other drugs can lead to a very slow heart rate. This can make a person very dizzy because their heart can’t pump blood properly.

  • When people overwork the heart with exercise, the person can slow down and stop. But after taking some drugs, it’s not possible to slow down or stop. This can be dangerous.

We’re not trying to scare you. We want to give you the info for you to make a smart decision. Your doctors and nurses are trying to take great care of you – and we want you to take great care of yourself.

Need help quitting?

If you are currently doing drugs, you should stop. If you need help because of alcohol or drug use, you should talk to your doctor or nurse. If you need information about the treatments available or you need to talk to someone right now, you can contact the national help centers listed below.

  • In Canada: Health Canada has links to resources for problematic drug use in each province
  • In the United States: SAMSHA’s 24-hour National Helpline can give you more information and help you find free and confidential treatment referral in your area.