Impact of Coke on the heart
I did post a message some time ago about the impact of the drug on your nose. However since then I have a bigger worry, my heart. I have only very occasionally used and have gone months at a time without doing any at all, I am much more focused on my exercise which I do a lot. Ive now decided (better late than never) that this is not worth doing, the risks associated with it at are large, I think I was naïve to think otherwise. So to give some idea I have used very occasionally over the last 2 or 3 years, perhaps only 3 or 4 times per year so not regular by any stretch of the imagination.
Since last week I have felt some heart fluttering's, I decided to do a private health assessment which included a resting ECG. I have been feeling very anxious recently and I had assumed perhaps this was to do with that. I can even see my heart fluttering if I lift my shirt up. The ECG showed a bit of a strange rhythm, the GP wasn't entirely clear on her thoughts but is running it past a cardiologist next week. She did say not to worry though and that she didn't consider anything immediately dangerous. I was honest with her about the drug use as it was something weighing on my mind, he opinion was that for such occasional use its unlikely that it would be a factor, but I cant help but think it might be. These flutters came on about 10 days after my last use at a festival (and that really will be my last use). She suggested next step may be to have an echocardiogram and perhaps a 24hr ECG just to have a better look. I know that anxiety can play a big part in this. The thing I cant get out of my head is in comparison to a regular user mine is so small, I understand over time you can do damage to the heart (or if you took a lot in one go which would be a possible OD) but this has just really frightened me, I have a family and responsibilities and its times like this you realize you may need to re-evaluate your life.
Not even sure why I am putting this on here, guess im just feeling a bit alone with it, whilst also suffering with anxiety/mental issues. One piece of advice I would have (without sounding preachy) is never touch the stuff if you have any kind of anxiety/depression to start with, I can say from first hand experience even occasional use can play havoc with those problems and its tough to deal with.