What kind of cardiac patients do you see regularly in the Emergency Department?
We will often, especially on a Friday or a Saturday night, have someone come into the emergency department who’s 28 or 29 years old, who’s done a line of cocaine, who’s hot and sweaty with a very fast heartbeat and can go on and have a heart attack. So that’s not at all uncommon.
Just the other day, I had a 35-year-old come in with a heart that instead of beating like that was beating like that because she’d been using methamphetamine for a year. And the methamphetamine or ice had terribly badly affected her heart muscle. And in fact, she may not recover.
Professor David Celermajer is Scandrett Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology at the University of Sydney.
Last Reviewed: 07/10/2020
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