A study finds that electronic cigarettes are dangerous: vaping increases the risks of stroke, heart disease and attacks by up to 70%
- One in 20 adults in the US UU He uses electronic cigarettes and so does more than 11 percent of high school students.
- A growing body of research suggests that, while they may not be as carcinogenic as tobacco, electronic cigarettes are not "safe"
- New research from the American Heart Association reveals that vapers have a 71% greater risk of stroke
- The use of E-cig also increases the risks of heart disease and heart attacks by 40 percent and 59 percent, respectively
Natalie Rahhal Deputy Editor of Health for Dailymail.com
05:00 EST, January 30, 2019
06:36 EST, January 30, 2019
A recent study finds that electronic vaping cigarettes increase the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or heart disease.
Approximately one in 20 adults in the US UU Use electronic cigarettes and many of them claim to do so because they are more "healthy" than combustible cigarettes.
But the devices are still relatively new and little known.
As more and more research is done about them, it becomes increasingly clear that "safer" does not mean insurance.
The latest study, conducted by the American Heart Association, found that heart attacks are almost 60 percent more common among vapers, who have a 71 percent higher stroke risk.
A recent study suggests that electronic cigarettes increase the risks of heart attack and disease, as well as stroke, originally marketed as a "safer" alternative to tobacco use.
When electronic cigarettes began to appear on the shelves of smoke shops and convenience stores, they were often advertised as an aid to stop smoking for smokers.
But now, it is clear that they are more likely to be an addition than a substitute for fuel cigarettes.
The study by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that people who vape are twice as likely to smoke traditional cigarettes as those who do not vape.
In all probability, high rates of dual use contribute to a number of poorer health effects observed in e-cig users.
Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer because inhaling the smoke from the burnt plant material is highly carcinogenic, so the steam from the e-liquids so far seems somewhat safer for the long ones.
But a growing body of research suggests that electronic cigarettes are just as bad for the heart and cardiovascular system as traditional cigarettes.
Last year, the American Heart Association discovered that both fuel cigarettes and e-cigarettes corrupt the lining of blood vessels, preventing them from dilation and inhibiting blood flow.
This narrowing of the blood corridors causes the heart to work harder and harms it over time.
Now, the badociation's largest study on e-cigs and strokes confirms the link between vaping and potentially fatal blood clots.
In its survey of 400,000 people, the AHA found that nearly 66,795 of the respondents who vaped had a 71 percent greater risk of stroke.
The same group had a 59 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or angina.
And they had a 40 percent greater risk of developing heart disease.
Although the rate of stroke among e-cig users was remarkable (4.2 percent had suffered one), the researchers could not conclude that vaping killed.
The worrying thing is that e-cig usage rates are higher among young people. Only 4.2 percent of vape adults, compared to 11.3 percent of high school students.
That may mean that that generation will face more heart disease, strokes and heart attacks than those who came before them.
"Obviously it's quite worrying," said Dr. Larry Goldstein, chairman of the department of neurology and co-director of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.
"This is a potential chip of the spear, of a wave of cardiovascular diseases, that may come in the future, especially because it has been very attractive to young users."
He advised public health officials to continue pushing for banned sweet-tasting e-liquids that are so attractive to younger users.
"This is the first real data that we are badociating to the use of electronic cigarettes with difficult cardiovascular events," he added.
"But it is a big concern, especially because throughout the country we have now seen a leveling, and in many cases an increase in the risk of mortality related to stroke in the country." It is difficult to know what contribution this has to that, but it does not seem to be safer or safer right now from the data that is available. "
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