Older adults who use marijuana are at high risk of heart attack and stroke, studies find
(CNN) - Marijuana use by older adults is rising and experts are worried they may not be aware of the cardiovascular risks.
According to new research presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, adults over the age of 65 who don’t smoke tobacco but use marijuana are at higher risk of both heart attack and stroke.
Researchers said they found those who abused weed had a 20% higher risk of having a major heart or brain event while hospitalized compared to older patients who did not use marijuana.
A second study followed nearly 160,000 adults with a median age of 54 for about four years to see if cannabis use would impact their risk of heart failure.
The team reported they found that people who use marijuana daily were 34% more likely to develop heart failure compared to those who reported never using it.
The AHA advises that people refrain from smoking or vaping any substance, even recreationally, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
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