Young ones and adults who use cocaine put themselves at a much higher risk for having a stroke than people with diabetes, high blood pressure and people who smoke. According to research by the American Stroke Association, a deadly stroke is very likely to occur within just 24 hours of using cocaine.
What A Stroke Can Do
There are two different types of strokes:
#1 - Ischemic stroke - which occurs when there is a loss of blood supply to part of the brain.
#2 - Hemorrhagic stroke - which occurs when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or ruptures.
When the brain is deprived of oxygen for more than 60 to 90 SECONDS, brain tissue stops functioning, and after three hours, the tissue will die. It is NOT reversible. This is permanent damage to the brain, leading to permanent disability or death.
The Facts Don't Lie
A study by the American Stroke Association compared two groups of people age 15 to 49 years old who had strokes. Here is what they found:
- More than 25 percent had a history of using cocaine
- Stroke risk was strongly associated with cocaine use 24 hours prior to the stroke
- Cocaine users are 6-7 times more likely to have an ischemic stroke within 24 hours of cocaine use.
The Bottom Line
A stroke is a stroke, regardless. Cocaine not only greatly increases the risk of a stroke, but cocaine can kill - and does kill thousands of people every year, including many celebrities. Don't use cocaine!
NOTE: This article is not meant to bash Whitney Houston or any other celebrities who died from cocaine use. The purpose is simply to educate and warn others about the truly horrifying dangers; Our goal is to SAVE LIVES.