2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy, and Methamphetamine: A Review of Literature

Degree Program

Kinesiology, MK

Major Advisor Name

Shelly Lucas

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


Methamphetamine, a synthetic stimulant, is one of the most prevalently abused illicit substances worldwide. Methamphetamine abuse results in tremendous acute and chronic deleterious cardiovascular outcomes including myocardial infarction, aortic dissection, cardiomyopathy, and heart failure to name a few. Therapeutic exercise has been shown to elicit positive effects on measures of cardiovascular health and fitness in post-methamphetamine abuse patients. Thus, clinical exercise physiologists providing therapeutic exercise may benefit from an enhanced understanding of methamphetamine and cardiac pathophysiology. Accordingly, the purpose of this project is to review the current literature on methamphetamine use and associated pathophysiology of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

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