Vaping Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

March 10, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Uptown HC

Many people have recently traded in traditional cigarettes for electronic cigarettes in hopes of escaping the health hazards of tobacco, including an increased risk of heart disease. However, a recent study finds that vaping isn’t harmless, especially for those who are habitual longtime users of e-cigarettes.

 

Study authors compared electrocardiograms and blood tests of daily e-cigarette users versus those who had never vaped. All of the participants had no known health problems, were taking no medications, and did not smoke tobacco cigarettes. An increase in cardiac sympathetic activity was observed in those who vape that was not present in nonusers. Cardiac sympathetic activity includes higher oxidative stress levels and levels of adrenaline in the heart, both of which increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.

 

Further research is needed to study the association of vaping with other adverse health issues and to see if occasional use of e-cigarettes increases the risk of heart disease.

 

Source: Moheimani R, Bhetraratana M, Yin F. Increased cardiac sympathetic activity and oxidative stress in habitual electronic cigarette users: implications for cardiovascular risk. JAMA Cardiol, Published online February 1, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.5303.

 

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