Monday, April 28, 2014

Marijuana use may be linked to cardiovascular risks.

The Los Angeles Times (4/24, Healy) “Science Now” blog reports that in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers “warned that ‘clinical evidence ... suggests the potential for serious cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use.’”
        The Huffington Post (4/24, Chan) reports that the study’s “findings are based on data from the addictovigilance system in France, which includes cardiovascular-related complications associated with marijuana use between 2006 and 2010.” The investigators found that “during this time period, there were 1,979 marijuana-related reports to the addictovigilance network, 35 of which had to do specifically with cardiovascular-related complications.”
        On its website, FOX News (4/23) reports that “the cases...included 20 heart attacks and nine patient deaths.”
        On its website, CBS News (4/24, Firger) reports that the investigators “say they suspect the number of cardiovascular-related health complications and deaths among marijuana users is actually much higher. Studies have found people who use marijuana are also more likely to develop dependence on other drugs and alcohol.”
        The CNN (4/23, Henry) “The Chart” blog reports that although the research “doesn’t identify a particular level of risk of marijuana use, it does call for more research on the subject, and warns doctors that there seems to be at least some danger.” Also covering the story are Reuters (4/24, Seaman), HealthDay (4/24, Thompson), Medscape (4/24, Wood), and MedPage Today (4/24, Neale).

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