Marijuana raises risk of heart attacks and strokes, new studies sayPosted by On


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By Robert Schmad
Daily Caller News Foundation

Two studies presented at an American Heart Association conference on Monday found that cannabis usage was associated with increased risk of heart failure, stroke and heart attack.

One of the studies observed more than 150,000 adults over the course of four years and found that individuals who said they used marijuana daily had a 34% greater chance of experiencing heart failure relative to those who didn’t report using the substance. The other study looked at people older than 65 with cardiovascular risk factors and found that individuals who used marijuana had a 20% increased risk of “a major heart or brain event while hospitalized,” compared to patients with similar risk factors who did not use cannabis.

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“Prior research shows links between marijuana use and cardiovascular disease like coronary artery disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation, which is known to cause heart failure,” Dr. Yakubu Bene-Alhasan, the lead researcher on the first study, said. “Marijuana use isn’t without its health concerns, and our study provides more data linking its use to cardiovascular conditions.”

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