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Cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart attack are the leading cause of death in the United States today
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Investigators looked at whether there was a link between people who have used marijuana and those with cardiovascular disease. The team estimated that more than 2 million Americans have used cannabis and that heart disease is still on the rise, and recommended better screening to identify key risk factors, as some studies showed that marijuana had negative effects on heart health could.
The study’s authors hope the results will bring to light the importance of having better conversations about cannabis use in a clinical setting, which is an essential element of a good care plan. Open conversations about lifestyle habits like cannabis use can help doctors and nurses offer more personalized care, prevent situations where drugs interact with one another, and make patients safer through better communication.
Does marijuana hurt the heart?
Currently, doctors have limited information when asking patients about the effects of marijuana on the heart. While cannabis can increase the heart rate and temporarily make the heart pump faster, specific data showing positive or negative long-term effects remains elusive. Some studies have indicated a stroke risk for people with CVD immediately after using marijuana, while other studies claim that CBD can lower blood pressure.
While there isn’t a single message on research related to cannabis and heart health, one thing is certain: better communication between doctors and patients can lead to greater trust and relationships that can help improve health outcomes.
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