Americans consume steroids for very different reasons. While some take them as prescriptions from the doctor, others go for the substance to stimulate their system in times of competitive sports. Some other people take steroids to keep their brains active, perhaps so they can study longer and eventually boost up their academic performance. There could be scores of these reasons.
Steroid use is well known in the American society and it doesn’t seem to be quite a big deal in the country. Well, maybe it’s time Americans start seeing the big deal in it. A 2017 study carried out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that that long-term use of anabolic steroids could put you at risk of grave heart problems. The study notes that prolonged use of such steroids could actually lead to a decline in the blood pumping potential of the heart and eventually damage the arteries.
In the study, researchers observed men between the ages of 34 and 54, all of them weightlifters. Amongst them were those who use anabolic steroids and others who don’t. The findings were shocking; 71 percent of the men who use steroids had some sort of problem with their heart pumping blood effectively. The people who did not use these steroids generally had a more normal pump rate.
Also, those who took steroids were noticed with a remarkably higher coronary plaque volume compared to those who didn’t.
From the study, the researchers are beginning to fear a public health problem resulting from the prolonged use of anabolic steroids. They researchers recommend that clinicians and other health personnel be more informed of this potential risk so they can always check when patients come to them. They are advised to also discuss the heart related problems that can arise when people use anabolic steroids for a long time and where necessary, make referrals to the appropriate professionals.