Marijuana Raises Post-Op Dangers After Heart Attack
Patients were also 11 times more likely to have a stroke after their angioplasty, although the overall risk remains low, with around 0.3% of marijuana users having had a stroke.
“The odds are markedly increased. The absolute difference is small, but for the patient suffering from this excess stroke, it is a devastating complication,” said study co-author Dr Hitinder Gurm, associate clinical director at the University of Michigan.
The second study evaluated data from the largest publicly available database of hospital records in the United States, to see how potty users treated for heart problems tended to fare.
Researchers found that 67% of heart attack survivors who used potty had a subsequent heart attack, compared to 41% of nonusers.
Marijuana users were also more likely to land in hospital for another round of angioplasty or bypass surgery, the researchers found.
“The frequency of recurrent heart attacks and cardiac procedures was higher among cannabis users, even though they were younger and had fewer risk factors for heart disease,” said lead researcher Dr Rushik Bhuva, in an AHA press release. He is a Cardiology Fellow at the Wright Center for Community Health in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
However, not all data relating to the use of the potty was negative.
Yoo’s study found that marijuana smokers were less likely to experience acute kidney damage from their angioplasty compared to nonsmokers, and Bhuva’s study found that cannabis users had higher levels of kidney disease. high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Researchers said that too little is known about the effects of marijuana on the body.
“We know that previous studies have shown that marijuana affects multiple organ systems in the body, including the heart, including platelets,” Yoo said. “This is an important research question that needs to be deepened.”
Until more is known, patients and doctors alike should be on the alert for potential pot side effects, said AHA marijuana expert Robert Page, professor of clinical pharmacy at the University. from Colorado to Aurora.
“I treat cannabis like a pharmacist like I would any other drug, and when you prescribe a drug it’s going to have drug interactions and side effects,” he said.
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