"The general public thinks marijuana is harmless, but information revealing the potential health dangers of marijuana use needs to be disseminated . . . .” Prof Émilie Jouanjus
Pot use increases cardiovascular risks, particularly in younger adults
Researchers in France are warning that marijuana use may increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events, particularly in younger adults, sometimes with fatal consequences.
The lead author of this study is Prof Émilie Jouanjus of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, France.
The cardiovascular events have included (i) heart attacks, (ii) acute coronary syndromes, (iii) heart-rate disorders, (iv) cerebral-artery events, and (v) circulation problems related to arteries in the brain and limbs. Of greater concern to the researchers was the high death rate. One in four of the patients with cardiovascular complications died.
"There is now compelling evidence on the growing risk of marijuana-associated adverse cardiovascular effects, especially in young people," Jouanjus said.
"The general public thinks marijuana is harmless, but information revealing the potential health dangers of marijuana use needs to be disseminated to the public, policymakers, and healthcare providers.", states Jouanjus.
Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, said the study appeared to support some observations he has made at his own clinic in New York City. "I am concerned about cannabis because we are running a clinic of young people who come to us with coronary artery disease. I have seen a number of cases in whom I was not able to identify any other risk other than the use of cannabis," said Fuster.
This research is one of now numerous studies which have found serious health risks associated with the use of marijuana, including (i) early age Cannabis use linked to Schizophrenia symptoms, (ii) Cannabis use linked to increased Stroke risk, (iii) Marijuana use during Pregnancy linked to Major Brain Birth Defects, and (iv) Marijuan use is now a Preterm Birth Risk Factors.
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