Heart disease: Vaping impacts heart health in men, but not women, new study finds
Several habits can put you at higher risk for heart disease. Risk factors are conditions or habits that increase your risk of developing a disease. Currently, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) reports that healthcare costs related to heart and circulatory disease are estimated at £9 billion each year. A new study has shed light on the long-term impact of vaping on poor heart function, especially in men.
A world-first study of the long-term effects of vaping has found a shocking link to poor heart health in men.
The study, published Monday in a journal of the American Heart Association, tested the reaction of adolescent mice to e-cigarette aerosol.
It showed that vaping had a significant negative impact on the cardiovascular system of adolescent males, but not females.
Lead researcher from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Loren Wold, said it was important to conduct the research because not enough was known about the impact of vaping on young people.
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“We don’t know the long-term effects of vaping because it’s only been around since the early 2000s,” she said.
“We haven’t had time to see what’s going on, especially with the teenagers. To our knowledge, this is the first study to assess cardiac function in adolescent mice exposed to e-cigarette aerosols.
“An animal study like this is important because it is not possible to enroll children in a study like this.
“These types of studies give us insight into the dangers of vaping so we can develop therapies and educate parents and policy makers about the risks of vaping.”
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E-cigarette vaping has been proposed as a safer alternative to smoking, but this remains controversial due to the lack of long-term comparative studies.
Studies have previously shown that while e-cigarette vaping-induced abnormalities were observed in the absence of nicotine, they occurred earlier and were more severe with higher nicotine exposure.
Thus, long-term vaping of e-cigs can induce cardiovascular disease similar to smoking, and the severity of this toxicity increases with exposure time and the nicotine content of the vape.
Exposure to e-cigarettes has resulted in cardiovascular disease similar to smoking.
Vaping has also been found to increase the occurrence of systemic hypertension and subsequent cardiac enlargement.
The NHS says: “In the UK, e-cigarettes are strictly regulated in terms of safety and quality.
“They’re not completely risk-free, but they carry a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes.”