Date of Award
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Education
If anything was learned since Breaking Bad, it’s that the devastation due to the methamphetamine problem does not spare a single person. Similarly, cocaine abuse does not have benign effects on the heart. Methamphetamine and cocaine abuse are increasing worldwide including use among the younger population; making recognition of the cardiovascular risks more important than ever.
If long-term BBT can decrease the incidence of stimulant-related cardiovascular complications commonly experienced in methamphetamine and cocaine users, then it may be possible to decrease unnecessary admissions to the hospital and ICU. Therefore, in patients who actively engage in stimulant drug abuse, how does long-term BBT, both selective and nonselective, affect cardiovascular outcomes compared to no BBT regarding prevention of stimulant-induced-cardiomyopathy?
Bugbee, Jessica, "Long-term beta-blocker therapy safe and effective in reducing cardiomyopathy in patients who actively abuse stimulant drugs" (2019). Physician Assistant Capstones. 5.