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Someone said khat was "cardiotoxic" what does that mean?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Cardiotoxic: Cardiotoxic means poisonous to the heart
Dr. Amrit Singh
Cardiology 51 years experience
Yes: it can cause arrhythmias and it is lesser form of speed like drugs. dangerous for
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Damaging the heart: KHAT is an illegal substance as per the Federal Government (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Cardiotoxic means poisonous to the heart and KHAT has been reported to have a number of cardiovascular side effects. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/khat
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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It can be, BUT: depends on the preparation one is using, and how it is being used. Khat contains chemicals known as cathinones, which are amphetamine like (stimulant). All stimulants can cause the heart to beat faster and harder, and in susceptible people or in high doses can cause heart arrhythmias and even heart attack. However, usual khat made into teas is generally mild. Caffeine can be similar in effects.

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