Cannabis may not have a heart: Weed use linked to complications after cardiovascular procedures

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An analysis of Michigan patients who smoked cannabis and had had angioplasty found that they also had a higher risk of stroke following the procedure. That was one finding of a preliminary study being presented at the American Heart Association (AAA) Scientific Sessions 2020, which runs virtually from Nov. 13 through 17, notes a press release this week from the AAA . A separate study also exploring what impact smoking weed may have on cardiovascular health identified higher rates of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and recurrent AMI compared to those who didn’t use cannabis. Does using weed during pregnancy affect fetal brain development? This Saskatchewan researcher wants to find out Professor suggests a little puff of weed will do you good… at least in ‘older brains’ Canadian researchers receive more than $4 million in funding to breed better cannabis In the Michigan study, researchers used a state-wide registry of 113,000-plus patients who underwent angioplasty from January 2013 to October 2016. In all, 3.5 per cent of the patients reported smoking weed — medical marijuana was legal in the state during the study period, but recreational cannabis was not — within a month of the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure, which includes angioplasty and stent placement. Though smoking marijuana was associated with a higher risk of stroke after PCI, “this should be interpreted with caution due to the overall very low rate of stroke after PCI,” Dr. Sang Gune Yoo, an internal medicine resident physician at the University of Michigan and the study’s lead author, says in the AAA statement. Comparing cannabis smokers to non-users, the study also found that members of the former group had approximately 50 per cent increased risk of bleeding after PCI and they had a decreased risk of acute kidney injury. With regard to the risk…

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