According to new research, heavy marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of midlife cardiovascular disease in men with HIV, independently of tobacco smoking.
“The findings suggest that physicians should caution patients with existing or increased risk of cardiovascular disease about potential hazards of marijuana smoking for triggering acute cardiac events such as myocardial infarction, and increasing the risk of chronic cardiovascular conditions,” Dr. Dana Gabuzda of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston told Reuters Health by email. “These patients include HIV-positive individuals, since it is known that HIV infection is associated with increased cardiovascular risk.”
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