Increased risk of death identified
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common medical problem.
This happens when the force of the blood against the artery walls remains too high over time.
A recent study from Georgia State University suggests that marijuana use may increase your risk of dying from high blood pressure.
understand high blood pressure
Blood pressure is often measured in two numbers – 120/80 mmHg is generally considered within the normal range.
The first number, systolic pressure, represents the force exerted on the arterial walls when the heart beats, and the second number, diastolic pressure, represents the pressure between heartbeats.
Hypertension is diagnosed when blood pressure is consistently above 130/80 mmHg.
Untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious health risks such as heart disease and stroke.
Various factors contribute to high blood pressure, including age, family history, obesity, lack of exercise, a high-salt diet, alcohol and tobacco use, stress, and certain medical conditions.
The Study: Marijuana Use and Risk of High Blood Pressure
In their recent research, scientists at Georgia State University found a possible link between marijuana use and death from high blood pressure.
The study included participants aged 20 years and older, with those who reported past marijuana use classified as marijuana users.
Their results were stunning: marijuana users had a 3.42 times greater risk of dying from high blood pressure than non-users.
Additionally, duration of marijuana use correlated with this risk — the longer someone used marijuana, the higher their risk of dying from high blood pressure.
How does marijuana affect blood pressure?
Marijuana can affect the cardiovascular system in a number of ways. It can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and increase the body’s need for oxygen.
Some individuals have even reported experiencing chest pains and heart attacks after using marijuana.
Based on their findings, the researchers concluded that the risk of heart problems from consuming marijuana could be even higher than the risk from smoking cigarettes.
A word of caution
This study, led by Barbara A. Yankey and published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, suggests that greater caution and awareness of the potential cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use is needed.
While more research is needed, these results underscore the importance of discussing any substance use with healthcare providers, particularly in those with hypertension or other cardiovascular risk factors.
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