Marijuana Use Reduces In-Hospital Mortality in Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

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A new study published in the journal Circulation has found heart failure patients with a history of cannabis use are at lower risk of dying while hospitalized than their similarly matched controls. Looking at over six million hear failure patients over a seven-year period, investigators found patients who had a history of cannabis use were less likely to have atrial fibrillation, spent less time in the hospital, and were less likely to pass while hospitalized than non-users. Authors explain, “Our study showed that cannabis use lowered the odds of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure… There was also reduced in-hospital mortality among patients admitted for the primary diagnosis of heart failure in DU (cannabis dependent users) and NDU (non-dependent cannabis users) which was not explained by comorbid conditions and demographic data. This study provides important opportunity to explore the preventive mechanism of cannabis on atrial fibrillation and its therapeutic potential in heart failure patients.” Previous studies have similarly reported positive correlations between patients who tested positive for marijuana and survival rates for heart related traumas.

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