New Study says Marijuana may Increase Heart Complications

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A recent study done in France is said to prove recreational marijuana use can lead to heart attacks, strokes and even death.

Two doctors in the United States were asked by the American Heart Association to help analyze the study and write an editorial.

One of them was Dr. Shereif Rezkalla, a cardiologist at the Marshfield Clinic, who says marijuana isn't as innocent as people may think.

"The fact is that for many years there have been case reports and studies to show that marijuana is associated with increased incidents of heart attacks," said Dr. Rezkalla.

However, Dr. Rezkalla's main concern isn't with medical marijuana use. He says it's when people use the drug for recreational purposes, that it can cause serious health problems.

Researchers say it's hard to analyze the side effects of marijuana, because most people with health problems don't usually admit to using the drug.

Doctors in France found that most patients with health issues caused by the drug were males in their early 30's and nine of the patients studied died.


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