Heart, Lung and Circulation
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Methamphetamine-Associated Cardiomyopathy: Addressing the Clinical Challenges

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    1 MBBS student.
    Fiona Thoi
    1 MBBS student.
    School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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  • Daniel J. Scherer
    Department of Cardiology, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Heart Health Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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  • David M. Kaye
    Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Department of Clinical Research, The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute; Department of Cardiology, The Alfred Hospital; Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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  • Prashanthan Sanders
    School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Department of Cardiology, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Heart Health Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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  • Michael B. Stokes
    Corresponding author at: Department of Cardiology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Port Road, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 5000
    School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Department of Cardiology, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Heart Health Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Published:February 10, 2022DOI:
      The growth in methamphetamine usage worldwide continues to present increasing societal and health care challenges. With the escalation of its usage in a variety of social demographics, the entity of methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy (MA-CMP) has emerged. This entity is increasingly responsible for an important proportion of heart failure burden in both admissions to hospital and in those individuals requiring chronic heart failure care. MA-CMP poses some unique challenges including its recognition, particularly in younger patients presenting with new-onset heart failure, its severity at presentation and complications as well as management options. The challenging nature of methamphetamine addiction and the necessity to achieve abstinence is a fundamental aspect of management of this condition. As methamphetamine use continues at high levels in Australia, the burden of MA-CMP will inevitably increase and, therefore, all clinicians responsible for heart failure management require an awareness of this disease entity and the specific clinical challenges of its care.


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