Are cannabis consumers really more at risk of a heart attack?

Are cannabis consumers really more at risk of a heart attack?
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As new research links frequent cannabis use to an increased risk of heart problems, we look beyond the sensationalism and break down what you need to know.  According to a recent media reports, cannabis users are ‘up to a third more likely to suffer a heart attack’, in what the Daily Mail describes as ‘another blow to the idea that marijuana is safe’. So, as a regular cannabis consumer should you be concerned that you’re putting yourself at risk of heart problems further down the line? Certainly, no substance or medication comes without its risks, but it’s not quite as cut-and-dry as the Mail makes out.  The article, which was published on 24 February, is referring to a new study from researchers at Stanford University, which has linked daily cannabis use with an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the most common form of heart disease and occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed due to a buildup of cholesterol. It causes chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue, and in some cases can lead to a heart attack. However, the article glossed over some of the key details which we explore below. What the study actually found  Using data from 175,000 people from the All of Us Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, researchers first analysed the relationship between cannabis use frequency (assessed using surveys at the time of enrolment in the study) and rates of CAD (assessed based on medical records spanning several years).  After adjusting for age, sex and major cardiovascular risk factors, the results indicated that daily cannabis users were 34% more likely to have CAD than those who have never used cannabis. In contrast, monthly cannabis use was not associated with a significant increase…

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