E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble: study

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Thu, 2019-03-07 13:00

WASHINGTON: People who use e-cigarettes are more likely to have
heart problems than those who don’t, says a study released on
Thursday in the US.
The rate of heart attacks among those who vape was 34 percent
higher than among those who don’t, once corrections were made for
risk factors such as age, gender, body mass index, cholesterol
level, blood pressure and tobacco use.
E-cigarette users were 25 percent more likely to have coronary
artery disease and 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression
or anxiety, the study says.
“Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events
relative to e-cigarette use,” said Mohinder Vindhyal, assistant
professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the
study’s lead author.
“These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action
and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.”
The report does not however identify a cause and effect
relationship for this observation.
Studies of people who vape are relatively new because the devices
only came onto the US market in the last decade or so.
US health authorities are alarmed by the rise in popularity of
e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices which enable users to inhale
nicotine liquids that are often fruit flavored.
Among US teens, use of vaping devices rose 78 percent in 2018
compared to the previous year.
E-cigarettes do not contain the cancer-causing products found in
tobacco.
But beside the well-known addictive consequences of consuming
nicotine, public health experts are focusing on the effect of
heating the liquid nicotine cartridges to high temperatures.
For the study, which will be presented next week at the American
College of Cardiology, researchers examined the responses of nearly
100,000 people in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
This kind of study is a preliminary one that does not go so far as
to say vaping causes heart trouble, or suggest a biological
mechanism as to how this might happen.
Longer-term studies of people who vape are needed to reach any such
conclusion.

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E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble: study