The use of prescription drugs or illicit drugs can have serious consequences on the cardiovascular system, including an enlarged heart. An enlarged heart – also known as cardiomegaly – is a condition in which the heart is larger than its normal size and it can be caused by a buildup of fatty deposits within the walls of the heart. This can lead to severe complications and even life-threatening conditions if left untreated.
The use of prescription drugs for medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and depression can all cause an enlargement of the heart over time due to their effect on the blood pressure and their ability to affect how quickly your body metabolizes certain nutrients. Many illegal drugs like methamphetamines also contain stimulants which increase your heartbeat and can cause cardiac hypertrophy (thickening of the walls of the heart). Furthermore, regular use of cocaine or other opioid based drugs can put extra strain on your cardiovascular system and lead to an enlarged heart.
In addition to prescription and illicit drugs, lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol in excess, being overweight or obese and poor nutrition can contribute to this condition as well. All these things create stress on your cardiovascular system – leading to damage or weakening that eventually affects how effectively your organs are functioning – in turn causing an enlargement of your heart over time.
It’s important for those at risk for cardiac problems due to drug/alcohol abuse or other lifestyle habits to remember that an enlarged heart does not necessarily mean you will die from it. Treatment focuses on stabilizing symptoms and improving quality of life by reducing stress levels through lifestyle modifications such as quitting smoking/drinking alcohol in excess plus exercising regularly while eating a balanced diet low in saturated fats and simple sugars – but most importantly sticking closely to doctor’s orders when prescribed medications must be taken into consideration alongside personal health considerations for maximum effectiveness
While it’simpossible to predict exactly how long someone can live with an enlarged heart caused by drug use, individuals diagnosed with this condition should remember that there is hope – particularly when treatments like lifestyle modifications plus medication use are available for those affected by this condition – taking into account one’s individual prognosis based on age, other contributing health problems, substance abuse history if applicable, plus adequate care for optimum results.