Demystifying cannabis and heart health

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While cannabis can raise the heart rate and make the heart pump faster temporarily, concrete data showing long-term effects, positive or negative, remain elusive. While there is no single message around research related to cannabis and heart health, one thing is certain: Better communication between doctors and patients can lead to stronger trust and relationships that can contribute to improving health outcomes. As it stands, doctors have limited information to go on when patients ask about marijuana’s effects on the heart. Estimating that more than 2 million Americans have used cannabis and that heart disease is still on the rise, the team recommended that better screening should be in place to identify key risk factors since some studies showed that marijuana could have adverse effects on heart health. The American Heart Association reports that cardiovascular disease (CVD) claims more lives each year in the U.S. than all forms of cancer.

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The American Heart Association reports that cardiovascular disease (CVD) claims more lives each year in the U.S. than all forms of cancer. In fact, in 2016, CVDs were responsible for one out of three deaths.

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