Marijuana and Cocaine Use in Young Adults with Myocardial Infarction

The study authors, seeking to assess the prevalence of cocaine and marijuana use among young adults presenting with myocardial infarction retrospectively analyzed records of patients presenting with type 1 MI at or younger than 50 years of age from two academic medical centers between 2000 and 2016 (n=2,097). According to their results, cocaine and/or marijuana was present in 224 patients (10.7%), and was associated with worse all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. The authors recommended the continuation for “substance screening among young adults with MI,” and for “counseling to prevent future adverse events.”

Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC)