'Vaping' is probably bad for your heart | Heart attacks by E-cigarette

Heart attacks by E-cigarette

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Electric smoker - People who use e-cigarettes are more likely to have heart problems than those who don’t, say a study released on Thursday in the US. - e ci.

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People who use e-cigarettes are more likely to have heart problems than those who don’t, say a study released on Thursday in the US. - e ci.
Public health conversations around vaping usually focus on the challenges of keeping young and healthy, non-smokers away from the devices, and how to reconcile that with their potential ability to help adult smokers transition off of cigarettes. What’s less talked about-and studied-are the health risks frequent e-cigarette use might pose to adult users.
The rate of heart attacks or heart problems among those who vape was 34 percent higher than among those who don't smoke e-cigarettes, after accounting for other risk factors such as age, gender, body mass index, cholesterol level, blood pressure, and tobacco use.


E-cigarette users were 25% more likely to have coronary artery disease and 55% more likely to suffer from depression, mental problem or anxiety, the study says.

“Until now, little has been known about the cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use”, said Mohinder Vindhyal, assistant professor at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine and the study’s lead author.

“These data are a real wake-up call that alerting you and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.”

The report does not, however, identify a cause and effect relationship for this observation.

The studies of people who vape are relatively new because the devices only came onto the US market in the last decade or sooner.

US health authorities are alarmed by the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices which enable users to inhale nicotine liquids that are often fruit flavored.

Among US teens, use of vaping devices rose 78 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.

    E-cigarettes do not contain or have the cancer-causing products found in tobacco.


But, besides the well-known addictive consequences of consuming nicotine, public health experts are focusing on the effect of heating the liquid nicotine cartridges to high temperatures.

For the study, which will be presented next week at the American College of Cardiology, researchers examined the responses of nearly 100,000 people in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

This kind of study is a preliminary one that does not go so far as to say vaping causes heart trouble, or suggest a biological mechanism as to how this might happen.

Longer-term studies of people whom vape are needed to reach any such conclusion.

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