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Chauncey W. Crandall, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

Tags: opioids | stroke | endocarditis

Opioids Increase Stroke Risk

Chauncey Crandall, M.D. By Wednesday, 18 May 2022 04:41 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

As abuse of injected heroin and other addictive opioids spreads throughout the United States, heart experts warn of a growing threat: strokes caused by infections contracted through dirty needles.

Injecting heroin or other opioids can enable bacteria to get into the body. These germs then infect and inflame heart valves, creating a dangerous condition called infective endocarditis.

Looking at U.S. data on hospitalizations between 1993 and 2015, the researchers identified nearly 5,300 patients hospitalized with stroke from opioid-related infective endocarditis. These cases have risen steadily: from 2.4 per 10 million people in 1993 to 18.8 per 10 million people in 2015, the findings showed.

Once infective endocarditis occurs, clumps of infected tissue can break off and travel to the brain’s blood vessels and block them, triggering a stroke.

These types of stroke have become more common in recent years, with the largest increase being among white people in the northeastern and southern U.S

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Injecting heroin or other opioids can enable bacteria to get into the body. These germs then infect and inflame heart valves, creating a dangerous condition called infective endocarditis.
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