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Cannabis use associated with elevated cardiovascular disease risk


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Journal
American Journal of Cardiology
Reuters Health - 12/01/2022 - Individuals who use cannabis have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease risk factors compared to counterparts who don't use the drug, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on 7,159 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2011 to 2018, which assessed cannabis use by self-report. Researchers assessed composite cardiovascular risk based on the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association 10-years atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk (ASCVD) scores. Overall, 4,573 (63.9%) of participants in the study reported cannabis use. Compared with people who never used cannabis, those who reported cannabis use were significantly more likely to have borderline ASCVD scores, with a 5.0-7.4% 10-year risk (odds ratio 1.51). They were also more likely to have intermediate ASCVD scores, with a 7.5%-19.9% 10-year risk (OR 1.49), and high ASCVD scores, with at least a 20% 10-year...


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