The American Heart Association stated that people who use marijuana every day are 34% more likely to develop heart failure.
And elderly people who do not smoke tobacco, but use marijuana, have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, according to CNN and the American Heart Association.
Relevant findings from unpublished studies were presented at the American Heart Association.
The study looked at over-the-counter marijuana, not medical cannabis.
“As more people in the U.S. use marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, two new studies suggest that regular use may harm heart and brain health.”the organization says.
In one study, scientists found that daily marijuana use increased the risk of developing heart failure by about three times.
The second study looked at older adults with any combination of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol who used marijuana.
They were found to have a higher risk of serious acute heart or brain events during hospitalization compared to those who reported not using marijuana.
“Regular marijuana use may increase the risk of heart failure, stroke, or heart attack even after controlling for other cardiovascular risk factors, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, according to two previous studies.”the association says.
In the first case, more than 150,000 adults in the United States participated in the “All of Us” research program funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The researchers focused on the relationship between lifestyle, biology and environment in different population groups and analyzed the relationship between daily marijuana use and heart failure.
During the study period, 2,958 people (almost 2%) developed heart failure.
People who reported daily marijuana use had a 34% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to those who reported never using marijuana.
This risk was the same regardless of age, sex, or smoking history.
In the second study, different scientists evaluated data from the 2019 National Inpatient Sample, the largest nationwide database of hospitalizations.
They wanted to find out if hospital stays were complicated by cardiovascular events, including heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest or arrhythmia in patients who used marijuana.
The researchers concluded that 20% of these patients had an increased chance of having a serious heart or stroke event during hospitalization compared to the non-cannabis group.
Note that these studies have not yet been published. They will be presented at the scientific session of the American Heart Association on November 11-13 in Philadelphia.
It will be recalled that previously scientists from Stanford Medical University found that people who use marijuana have an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Scientists have also found that teenagers who often use cannabis are more likely to give birth to a premature baby.
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