New evidence suggests that smoking marijuana–whether recreationally or medically–is harmful to individuals with heart disease.
The first study found that patients who smoke marijuana and underwent angioplasty (either a scheduled or acute procedure) are more likely to experience stroke and bleeding after the procedure than those who don’t smoke marijuana.
A second study revealed that patients who survived a heart attack and used marijuana are more likely to have a subsequent heart attack than those who did not use cannabis.
“Marijuana is becoming more accessible, and patients should be aware of the increased risk after [angioplasty],” said Dr. Sang Gune Yoo, an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan.
The studies also indicate that more research is needed on the true effects of marijuana, as it is currently an unregulated substance, and data and clear conclusions are difficult to attain.
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