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Marijuana May Lead to Heart Attack and Stroke, Study Finds

The Los Angeles Times reports on a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that has found that smoking marijuana may contribute to cardiovascular problems. Researchers found that over a 5 year period, physicians in France “treated 1,979 patients for serious health problems associated with the use of marijuana, and nearly 2% of those encounters were with patients suffering from cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke, and circulation problems in the arms and legs.” Experts say that marijuana “probably increases clotting factors in the blood and that heavy marijuana use may lead to significant changes in the tiny vessels carrying blood to the heart and brain.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.