Aa
A
A
Close
237152 tn?1206654636
Opiates cause heart problems?
Does anybody know if opiates, more specifically painkillers, can cause problems with the heart?  I was addicted for 2 years and have been clean for over a month, but it seems like I get winded easily now, and my heart starts pounding at times with the slightest exercise.
Cancel
6 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
Yes.  Abuse can.
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
352798 tn?1399301754
Sounds like time for a checkup. Many time existing problems are masked by opiate use.
Comment
Cancel
352798 tn?1399301754
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
while its good to get a checkup, remember its only been a month. Give it some time. Think about what you did to your body, fatigue, sleep, etc all effect that
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
472576 tn?1210872517
I would say yes, I have the same problem..I was diagnosed with SVT.(supraventricular tachycardia)-extremely fast heartbeat (My cardiologist didn't know about my addiction though). I'm having alot less attacks since I have been clean.
Comment
Cancel
472576 tn?1210872517
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
176495 tn?1301284012
Interesting.  My wife isn't addicted (that I can see) but she takes a lot of percocet and over the last few years was on oxy for chronic pain (won't go into all the details)..she had a check up the other day and her EKG was fine, chest was clear, but she finds herself
getting winded walking up a flight of stairs.

I often wonder if my abuse of vic is what caused me to ultimately collapse at work last year and wind up with a pacemaker.

Jim
Comment
Cancel
176495 tn?1301284012
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
452063 tn?1324078516
Opiates depress your respiratory system also. I would think that long tern depression of the respiritory system would have lingering effects. It is best to get a check up. You don't want to become clean and die of something that could be fixed with a check up. Wouldn't that be ironic. I'm scheduling a check up as soon as I get back from vacation. I already know that I have problems with a fatty liver which is most likely from opiates. Always better safe than sorry. Good luck, Corey
Comment
Cancel
452063 tn?1324078516
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
237152 tn?1206654636
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Addiction: Substance Abuse Community Resources