Marijuana Can Affect Your Heart

Scott Krakower, DO, assistant unit chief at Zucker Hillside Hospital, thinks a recent study about marijuana use published in the Journal of the American Heart Association may be a weapon for parents in their fight to keep their kids off drugs. The French study shows how marijuana use can have a negative impact on young adults’ hearts. Although marijuana has a perception of not having serious consequences for those who use it recreationally, this study found that from 2006 to 2010 the incidence of cardiovascular complications from using marijuana went up from 1.1 percent to 3.6 percent. Dr. Krakower said that this could be one more reason for young people to not use pot as a recreational drug. Marijuana has already been shown to worsen learning development and other cognitive functions, Dr. Krakower said.

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