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Cannabis Use Tied to Increased Cardiovascular Risk in Men With HIV

By Junior Bazile Moderator | 23 May, 2017

Hi all,
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.”

For further details on this article, visit this link:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/879807?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=140361MK

I hope you enjoy the reading and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the findings.
Best,

Bazile

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Junior Bazile Moderator Replied at 12:07 AM, 26 May 2017

What do you guys think after reading the full article?
We already knew that there is an increased risk of cardiovascular events in marijuana smokers. However the researchers are making the case for even higher risk of cardiovascular events in marijuana smokers who are also HIV positive. Hence it becomes extremely important for clinicians to take a proactive approach and seriously educate patients on this issues.
Looking forward to hearing from you all.
Best,

Bazile

Luunga Ziko Replied at 2:57 PM, 28 May 2017

This is an interesting finding. I would like to know if the cardiovascular
risk is increased in cannabis users other than smokers.

Frank Peter Replied at 3:22 PM, 28 May 2017

Interesting findings.....really we have to put into consideration! Thanks

Amir Khan Replied at 2:59 AM, 30 May 2017

Interesting article..need to consider the risk in marijuana consumer..

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