As marijuana is becoming more widely accessible and used for medical or recreational use, its use has been associated with increased risks for stroke and heart failure.
Research* presented at the American College of Cardiology annual scientific session, found marijuana use was associated with a significantly increased risk for:
Marijuana use was also associated with risk factors known to raise cardiovascular risk, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Alcohol use
After adjusting for those risk factors, marijuana use was independently linked with the following in their analysis:
- 26 percent higher risk of stroke
- 10 percent higher risk of developing heart failure