Marijuana use associated with higher cardiovascular risk

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Marijuana use associated with higher cardiovascular risk

Under the “this should be absolutely no surprise” category, new research suggests that the use of marijuana may raise a person’s risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).

The study published in The American Journal of Cardiology found that patients who used cannabis more than twice a month had a 79 percent increased chance of a high-risk ASCVD score.

Those who used cannabis more than once every day had an 87 percent increased chance of a high-risk ASCVD score.

Past studies have reported a link between cannabis and cardiovascular events including stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack).

The authors concluded, “Despite the known synergism between tobacco use and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and cannabis, our study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting the importance of facilitating a discussion among young cannabis users regarding their risk for development of ASCVD.”

They added, “Because we excluded those with a history of CVD, our findings also have implications from a preventive cardiology standpoint.”

There are more details at Cardiovascular Business online.

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