This is the first study of its kind to demonstrate the negative effects of long-term steroid use on the heart. According to authors, it should serve as a stark warning about the dangers of steroid use. This study shows that taking steroids, even for a short period of time, may cause permanent damage to the heart. Findings also suggest that the more steroids a person takes over time, the worse the heart damage will be. Experts hope these findings will prompt better education to reduce illicit steroid use, particularly among athletes and weight lifters in whom steroid use is most common.
Michael A. Ball, DVM, completed an internship in medicine and surgery and an internship in anesthesia at the University of Georgia in 1994, a residency in internal medicine, and graduate work in pharmacology at Cornell University in 1997, and was on staff at Cornell before starting Early Winter Equine Medicine & Surgery located in Ithaca, . He is also an FEI veterinarian and works internationally with the United States Equestrian Team. Ball authored Understanding The Equine Eye , Understanding Basic Horse Care , and Understanding Equine First Aid , published by Eclipse Press and available at or by calling 800/582-5604.