Friday, 18 August, 2017

Smoking Marijuana Triples Risk Of High Blood Pressure Death, Study Says

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Marlene Weaver | 11 August, 2017, 00:24

What does this mean to your cardiovascular health? It also reported in the study that heart and blood pressure risks on marijuana users may be greater than the risk for cigarette smokers.

'Our results suggest a possible risk of hypertension mortality from marijuana use, ' Yankey said.

"We found higher estimated cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use than cigarette smoking", lead author Barbara Yankey, a PhD student in the school of public health at Georgia State University, said in a statement. But, this needs examination in a larger research, as the number of smokers in this study was only few. "However, there is little research on the impact of marijuana use on [CV] and cerebrovascular mortality". In 2005, participants were asked if they ever used marijuana, and if they had, how old they were when they started.

She noted that it was crucial to understand the effects of marijuana on health so that policy makers and individuals could make informed decisions.

In his response to Healthline, Armentano pointed out two separate longitudinal studies that examined the relationship between marijuana use and some common cardiovascular ailments.

The study observed 1,200 participants over 20 years, finding that subjects who reported using marijuana were more at risk.

Yankey acknowledged the study had its limitations, including not knowing how often participants used the drug after first use, and not taking into account cardiovascular risks such as diet and exercise.

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The company's board has proposed an interim dividend of 7.00 pence per share, an increase of 8.2 percent from the year-ago period. However, he added: "The evidence I have seen to date says that Gars flows are starting to stabilise as performance has improved".

"Based upon the findings of prior studies, the [new study] authors' interpretation with regard to the degree of this risk potential appears to be sensational, and the methods used in this particular study appear to be highly questionable", Armentano said.

A Quinnipiac University poll found 94 percent of USA voters think medical marijuana should be legal.

This risk increases by 1.04 times for every year of cannabis use.

Armentano acknowledged that cannabinoids (a class of chemicals found in marijuana, - the most well-known is THC, a psychoactive) do affect blood pressure - a subject that he has written about previously.

It's critically important for people with type 2 diabetes - those who have known risk factors for heart disease and those who don't - to follow their doctors' advice for lowering their heart disease risk.

Bottom line: The headline to this story is more likely to cause heart problems than actually consuming cannabis.

The researchers then referred to a 2011 federal database on deaths to see how many participants had died and why.

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