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Can Drug Abuse Cause Congestive Heart Failure?

Can Drug Abuse Cause Congestive Heart Failure?

Enjoying a glass of wine occasionally or once or twice throughout the week is one thing, but consuming alcohol on a regular basis and building a tolerance may inflict heart damage. Congestive heart failure is the heart’s inability to pump an abundant amount of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Heart chambers tend to stretch and thicken. Other organs are affected by heart failure, like the kidneys, which may retain fluid. Fluids and salts will gather throughout the limbs, organs, and lungs, which is the process known as congestive heart failure.

How Do Drugs Cause Congestive Heart Failure?

Substance abuse can cause tissue damage surrounding the heart and blood vessels. As a result, the blood is not easily transported throughout the body. Fluid and waste can travel to the liver or kidney, which causes organ failure. Abusing drugs or alcohol creates a life-threatening situation, primarily if drugs and alcohol interact.

Asking, “can drug abuse cause congestive heart failure?” is a question you most likely have due to specific symptoms you are experiencing. It’s essential to recognize these signs and symptoms or receive drug or alcohol addiction treatment as soon as possible.

Signs of Heart Damage From Drugs

Health complications attached to drug abuse and heart failure include heart valve issues, kidney or liver damage, irregular heartbeat, and fluid in the lungs. There are stages to heart failure known as pre-heart failure, systolic left ventricular dysfunction, and heart failure. Signs and symptoms of heart damage include:

  • Shortness in breath
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to exercise
  • Waking up to urinate
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Weight gain
  • A dry hacking cough
  • Hard stomach

Some people may experience mild to severe symptoms. Heart failure can be caused by coronary artery disease, having a heart attack, and damaging the heart muscle caused by infections or drug and alcohol abuse. Ask yourself if you have a drug problem and receive the proper care you need to prevent long-term health complications.

Can Drugs Cause Heart Attacks?

Drugs can cause a congestive heart, organ failure like damaging the liver, and drugs can cause heart attacks. However, heart attacks most likely occur due to specific drug intakes like crack, meth, and cocaine. Cocaine narrows your body’s capillaries and blood vessels. Also, it hardens the arteries and causes intense pressure on the heart muscle, causing inflammation. All of these damages can cause a heart attack.   

Can Your Heart Heal From Drug Abuse?

Now you know what drugs can do to your heart. Is it possible for your heart to heal, or is the damage done? Recovery from heart damage is possible, depending on the severity of the harm to your heart and the problems, though the chances of recovery can decline.

Quitting drug use is a priority to get your heart back to stability. Moderate exercise and a good diet will also improve your overall heart health. A person will want to lower blood pressure, soften the arteries, and speak to a professional about addiction treatment to prevent future damage.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Our Pompano Beach Drug Rehab

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. At Banyan Treatment Centers Pompano, we can help you by the use of unique therapeutic methods and a medically monitored detox. Our relapse prevention program is an excellent option if you are seeking continual guidance, even after treatment.


Don’t wait. Speak to a professional by calling Banyan Pompano at 888-280-4763 and get started on your journey of healing today!


Related Readings:

Impact of Alcohol on Mental Health

How Drug Abuse Affects White Matter in the Brain

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.