According to a brand new examine printed in the journal Addiction, neither the present nor the cumulative lifetime use of marijuana is related to coronary heart abnormalities at center age. The examine, first reported on by NORML, is titled Association between marijuana use and electrocardiographic abnormalities by center age.
For the examine researchers from Switzerland and the United States examined the connection between cumulative marijuana use and the prevalence of electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities in a gaggle of two,585 center age topics. “Researchers controlled for several potential confounders, including subjects’ use of alcohol and tobacco, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”
Investigators reported: “We found no evidence that current or lifetime cumulative use of marijuana was associated with a higher prevalence or incidence of major or minor ECG abnormalities in this cohort, … although major ECG abnormalities seemed to be less frequent in current marijuana users. … Whether participants used marijuana daily, in the last 30 days or intermittently over a lifetime, marijuana use was not associated with an increase in prevalent or incident specific ECG abnormalities by middle-age.”
They concluded by stating that “Our finding that occasional marijuana was not associated with ECG abnormalities adds to the growing body of evidence that this level of marijuana use and CVD [cardiovascular disease] events and markers of subclinical atherosclerosis are not associated.”
The full summary of this examine may be discovered under:
Aims: To consider the prevalence of electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities in marijuana customers as an oblique measure of subclinical heart problems (CVD).
Design: Longitudinal and cross-sectional secondary knowledge evaluation from the CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) examine.
Setting: four communities in the United States.
Participants: A complete of two,585 individuals from the 5,115 black and white women and men recruited at age 18 to 30 years in 1985 to 1986 in CARDIA.
Measurements: ECG abnormalities coded as minor and main abnormalities with the Minnesota code of electrocardiographic findings at Year 20. Self-reported present (previous 30 days) and computed cumulative lifetime marijuana use (one “marijuana-year” corresponds to 365 days of use) by assessments each 2-5 years. We fitted logistic regression fashions adjusting for intercourse, race, middle, training, age, tobacco smoking, bodily exercise, alcohol use, and physique mass index.
Findings: Among the two,585 individuals with an ECG at Year 20, imply age was 46, 57% have been ladies, 45% have been black. 83% had previous publicity to marijuana and 11% have been utilizing marijuana at the moment. One hundred and seventy-three individuals (7%) had main abnormalities and 944 (37%) had minor abnormalities. Comparing present with by no means use in multivariable-adjusted fashions, the OR for main ECG abnormalities was 0.60 (95% CI: 0.32 to 1.15) and for minor ECG abnormalities 1.21 (95% CI: 0.87 to 1.68). Results didn’t change after stratifying by intercourse and race. Cumulative marijuana use was not related to ECG abnormalities.
Conclusion: In a middle-aged US inhabitants, lifetime cumulative and occasional present marijuana use weren’t related to will increase in electrocardiogram abnormalities. This provides to the rising physique of proof that occasional marijuana use and heart problems occasions and markers of subclinical atherosclerosis are usually not related.