Chewing Khat may Increase Risk of Stroke

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 14, 2011 at 5:51 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
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Chewing Khat, a herbal stimulant may elevate risk of stroke especially in those with a history of cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that nearly 20 million people worldwide chew Khat.
 Chewing Khat may Increase Risk of Stroke
Chewing Khat may Increase Risk of Stroke

The Khat plant has a similar effect like cocaine and amphetamine and can cause feelings of extreme happiness, agitation and restlessness.

A new study has also found that victims of heart disease who chew the fresh leaves of the Catha edulis, or khat, carry a higher risk of stroke, heart failure, and death compared to non-users.



Source: Medindia

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