A new British study suggests regular pot use might potentially cause changes in the heart’s structure.
According to UPI, people who use marijuana tend to have a larger left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart.
Routine users also appeared to have early signs of impaired heart function, measured by how the fibers of the heart muscle deform during contraction.
However, the other three chambers of the heart remained unaffected, researchers added.
The heart also appeared to pump the same amount of blood, regardless of marijuana use.
Also, the heart appears to recover in both size and function once a person stops using marijuana.
When people use marijuana, particularly if they smoke it, the heart rate and the blood pressure go up, and the heart has to work harder. Dr. Martha Gulati, Editor-in-chief CardioSmart.org.
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