Drugs that Cause Cardiac Arrest

Most illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin and various forms of amphetamine, affect the central nervous system and heart function. These drugs can have adverse cardiovascular effects, ranging from abnormal heart rate, heart attacks or even sudden cardiac death. Injection of these illegal drugs also can lead to cardiovascular diseases, such as collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the heart valves and blood vessels. In addition to these side effects and adverse effects, here below some drugs that cause cardiac arrest and major heart problems, these drugs include:

Cocaine – the “perfect heart attack drug”, Researchers found that roughly 9 percent of those peoples who died of cardiac arrest had recently consumed cocaine. It’s the major risk factor of sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack. 

An overdose of any cardiac mediation or using illegal drugs such as amphetamines could cause cardiac arrest.

Drugs such as methamphetamine act as adrenaline in the body that is deadly for your heart electrical system and can cause major heart problems.

Certain heart medications such as antiarrhythmic, paradoxically drugs used to treat arrhythmias can sometimes produce lethal ventricular arrhythmias even at normally prescribed doses (Source: heart.org).

Cyanide and carbon dioxide attack tightly to red blood cells, preventing blood to accessing oxygen.

A drug overdose can cause cardiovascular failure and is a major cause of heart attack, cardiac arrest or drug overdose death

Depression drugs such as narcotics minimize the function of central nervous systems and suddenly lose consciousness.

List of Major Medicines & Drugs that Cause Cardiac Arrest
List of Major Medicines & Drugs that Cause Cardiac Arrest

Pain killer such as meperidine (demerol) is one of the major drugs that cause cardiac arrest and heart problems. Combination of OxyContin and Demerol is very drastic to heart and respiratory system, could cause respiratory arrest said by Dr. Bruce Lindsay, past president of the Heart Rhythm Society.

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One possible cause reported by celebrity website TMZ.com is that pop music icon Michael Jacson was injected with the potent painkiller Demerol before he went into cardiac arrest.

Alcohol and other related beverages forget the body to breathe normally which is detrimental to the heart and sometimes cause major cardiac arrest.

Always advise your doctor of any treatments or medications you are using, including prescription, supplements, over-the-counter, herbal or alternative treatments. 

For more info read our related article, List of Dangerous Antidepressant and Drug Overdose Deaths, Propel Rise in Mortality Rates (1999-2014) 

For more information and resources about drug abuse and drugs that cause cardiac arrest, please see:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse:
National Institute of Health, about seniors and illicit drugs.

Published: 03/02/2016
Last Medical Review: 09/12/2016

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