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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-107

Khat chewing and cardiovascular disease

1 Cardiac Department, Faculty of Medicine, Sanaa University, Sana'a, Yemen
2 Department of Adult Cardiology, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

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Prof. Ahmed Al-Motarreb
Professor of Cardiology, Cardiac Department, Faculty of Medicine, Sana'a University, Sana'a
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/heartviews.heartviews_88_21

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Khat chewing is a deeply rooted habit in Yemen. It has social, economic, and medical problems. Chronic use of khat chewing increases the risk of many medical complications. Cathinone, the main khat leaf constituent, has an indirect sympathomimetic action. The effect of khat chewing and cathinone on the cardiovascular system have been identified, including increased risk of hypertension and acute cardiovascular events, as well as increased risk of cardiovascular complications among patients presenting with Acute Coronary Syndrome who are khat chewers.

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