Cannabis May Help Those With Heart Failure - But Caution Before Use

Photo Credit: Civilized

Photo Credit: Civilized

New research suggests cannabis may be able to help those suffering from heart failure, but patients should remain cautious until further research is conducted. Investigators led by Dr. Oluwole Adegbala from the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey found patients who had used cannabis were less likely to die in the hospital or experience atrial fibrillation (A-fib), an irregular heartbeat that can cause more serious complications like blood clots and stroke. The team looked at data from over six million patients that were hospitalized for heart failure between 2007 and 2014, and found 1,200 were considered dependent on cannabis and 23,000 had used cannabis without dependency issues. Those who weren’t dependent on cannabis were 18% less likely to develop A-fib, and dependent users were 31% less likely to develop the condition, than those who didn’t use cannabis. In addition, nondependent users were 46% less likely, and dependent users were 58% less likely, to die while hospitalized than those who abstained from use.

While the link remains unknown, Dr. Adegbala theorizes cannabis may be able to reduce A-fib and heart-related mortality due to its ability to reduce high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and inflammation. That said, she cautions heart failure patients against using the plant until more research is conducted. This information has been provided by Civilized and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

New Research Suggests Cannabis Could Help Heart Failure Patients

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Photo Credit: Merry Jane

New research led by Dr. Oluwole Adegbala, a medical resident from the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, suggests cannabis users are less likely to experience atrial fibrillation (A-fib) than non-users. A-fib is an irregularity of the heartbeat that can exacerbate the problems associated with heart failure. The study looked at a database with over 6 million patients suffering from heart failure who were hospitalized sometime between 2007 and 2014. Of those patients, 23,000 reported cannabis use without issues of dependency, while 1,200 cannabis users were considered dependent. The data was adjusted for external factors like age, socioeconomic status, and drug use. The non-dependent cannabis users were 18% less likely than non-users to experience A-fib, and 46% less likely to die in the hospital. Dependent users were 31% less likely to develop A-fib, and 58% less likely to pass away in the hospital. The team calls for further research before recommending cannabis treatment for patients with heart failure.

This information has been provided by Merry Jane and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.