Dr Shenuarin Bhuiyan, PhD

SHREVEPORT, La. - New research shows that meth users run a high risk of heart failure - even years after they've been drug free.

LSU health researchers discovered a buildup of tough protein fibers in the heart muscle of meth users.

They say the damage is serious and irreversible and can cause an enlarged heart and heart failure.

KTBS3 spoke with LSU Health Assistant Professor, Dr. Shenuarin Bhuiyan who presented the findings at the American Heart Association in Boston, "We want to emphasize that anyone going through rehab should be monitored for their cardiac function long term."

The recommendation is for anyone who's used meth to get a heart evaluation.

Researchers also say this finding could lead to new treatment of the drug's toxic effects.

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