To ditch the smoking addiction, numerous individuals are found to turn to e-cigarettes as a safer option to conventional cigarettes. However, recent studies have pointed out that instead of being less harmful, vaping is more dangerous to our health than regular cigarettes.
Two latest studies—supposed to be presented at the yearly Scientific Sessions meeting by the American Heart Association (AHA)—emphasize that vaping has a more harmful impact on heart disease factors including cholesterol levels. Moreover, one scientist highlighted that the flow of blood toward the heart is dramatically decreased in individuals vaping e-cigarettes than those with individuals with conventional cigarette smoking.
In a recently released report, the AHA’s Deputy Chief Science And Medical Officer Dr. Rose Marie Robertson stated, “There is a lack of long-term safety data on e-cigarettes. But, huge data is available for the safety of other nicotine substitute therapies.” This situation triggered two new studies to find out the impact of e-cigarettes on the health of the heart.
In the first research, about 500 healthy adults from 21–45 age groups with no history of cardiovascular disease and smoking habits were studied. The results of this study highlighted that in smokers using both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes, the healthy HDL cholesterol was lower. Moreover, in the individuals using only e-cigarettes, the unhealthful LDL cholesterol was high. In another research, only 19 young individuals of 24–32 age group and smoking habit were involved. This study was focused on the analysis of their heart’s blood flow immediately following and prior to smoking either conventional cigarettes or e-cigarettes. Generally, there is a reduction in the blood flow of an individual when they are smoking a traditional cigarette. In this study, there was a slight increase in the blood flow of study participants as they inhaled conventional cigarettes. And as inevitable, there was a decrease in the blood flow with the following exercise stress. However, in the study participants using e-cigarettes, there was a decrease in blood flow both after the handgrip exercise and while they were in the rest position.
On a similar note, the latest presentation at the AHA Scientific Sessions highlighted the increased risks of heart rhythm issues in young adults using cannabis frequently. Moreover, another presentation emphasized the increased stroke risks of the young population using weed more often.
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