Marijuana triples your chances of dying from high BP

Results found marijuana use is more dangerous for heart health than smoking cigarettes

Compared to nonusers, marijuana users had a 3.42 times higher risk of death from hypertension and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of use.

A total of 1,213 participants were considered for the analyses. "Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen demand", said Barbara A. Yankey, study lead author, and PhD student in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, in a press statement.

Cardiovascular diseases constitute the leading cause of death worldwide, despite a lot of them being preventable. Participants who used marijuana and were past-smokers consisted of 16%, and past-smokers and those who smoke only cigarettes were 5% and 4% respectively.

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

Recent studies show that roughly 50 percent of US adults have tried marijuana at least once, but only 12 percent are current consumers of cannabis.

This data was cross referenced with mortality data from 2011 from the National Center for Health Statistics. In 2005-2006, participants were asked if they had ever used marijuana.

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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.

In the current study, the research team estimated the associations of marijuana use, and duration of use, with death from hypertension, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease, controlling for cigarette use and demographic variables, including sex, age, and ethnicity.

"However, although this paper has limitations there is enough evidence from other research to strongly suspect marijuana use increases the risk of some forms of heart disease, and it is certainly not harmless". And the findings are significant since the study reveals that marijuana can lead to a three-fold risk of death from hypertension. For example, it can not be certain that participants used marijuana continuously since they first tried it. They found death rates from high blood pressure were associated with people who reported using pot. But, this needs examination in a larger research, as the number of smokers in this study was only few. Also, in order to make informed decisions, it is vital for individuals as well as the policy makers to understand the impact of marijuana on health.

She said: "Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is beneficial and possibly not harmful to health".

This risk increases by more than one time for every year of cannabis use, a study found.

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