A Regular Cannabis Habit Is Harmful to The Heart, A New Study Suggests!

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The widespread acceptance of marijuana usage has led to an increase in studies revealing additional dangers associated with the drug’s use over time. A higher chance of having CAD (coronary artery disease) is one of these dangers.

The new research will be unveiled at the upcoming American College of Cardiology meeting. It found that a person’s risk of developing coronary artery disease was increased by a third for daily marijuana users compared to never users.

Dr. Ishan Paranjpe, a medical student at Stanford University and the study’s primary author, emailed CNN to say that long-term marijuana usage has been shown to have harmful consequences that were previously unknown.

It’s becoming clear that cannabis can have negative effects, including an increased risk of cardiovascular illness, as Paranjpe pointed out.

The doctor went on to say that patients who were considering using the drug should think long and hard about the “risk for significant cardiac disease.”

The study used data collected from the All of Us Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, which has tracked the health of over a million people in the United States throughout time.

Participants were asked about their marijuana use in a survey sent out by the NIH as part of the program. There were 4,736 daily users, 2,720 weekly users, 2,075 monthly users, 8,749 occasional users, and 39,678 people who had never tried marijuana.

Once the five groups of participants had been in the program for a few years, their health data were analyzed. Daily cannabis users had a 34% increased risk of being diagnosed with CAD compared to non-users.

Those who said they used the medicine once a month or fewer showed no sign of increased risk, according to the study.

Researchers accounted for any confounding variables to ensure their findings were robust. Age, sex, and major cardiovascular risks factors such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, tobacco and alcohol use, and cholesterol levels all played a role.

Researchers reported that their findings held up even after controlling for potential confounding variables.

For some, the way the body responds to marijuana usage is a possible explanation for the correlation between chronic marijuana use and cardiovascular issues.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the drug causes an instantaneous increase in heart rate and blood pressure in its users. As a result, the organ may experience strain. For the same reason, the American Heart Association recommended in 2020 that all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, be avoided.

Marijuana smoke also delivers many of the same elements experts have found in tobacco smoke—these compounds are detrimental to the lungs and cardiovascular system,” the CDC warns.

Angina, chest discomfort, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath are all symptoms of coronary artery disease that you should be aware of, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Plaque development in the arteries supplying the heart is the leading cause of CAD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that a heart attack is often the “initial indicator of CAD.”

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