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Vaping May Increase Risk Of Heart Disease, New Study Reveals

By Allan Alforte , Feb 02, 2017 04:43 AM EST

E-cigarettes or Vapes are rapidly becoming popular among teens. A new study reveals that this habit may be dangerous to the health and put smokers at risk of heart disease. Regular cigarettes are responsible for cardiovascular diseases such heart attacks and strokes, the study revealed that vaping may also cause these diseases.

According to a study published in JAMA Cardiology, it was revealed that people who are vaping almost every day were found to have biological markers known to increase the risk of heart disease when compared to healthy non-smokers. Scientists have observed increased adrenaline in the heart as well as oxidative stress making the body unable to defend itself against free radicals.

The study is part of an ongoing debate on whether or not using e-cigarettes is safe. vaping is a fairly new phenomenon and the body of research on its effects is relatively few. In spite of the fact that long-term effects of vaping are still unknown, it has become widely popular. People who are addicted to smoking cigarettes are switching to vaping which is believed to be safer than smoking tobacco. Vaping also becomes more and more popular among teenagers.

Previous studies have shown that e-cigarettes may potentially produce carcinogens and it is also linked to increased oxidative stress. The study’s lead author, Holly Middlekauff, a cardiologist from the University of California, Los Angeles, states that the public needs to know that if you do not smoke tobacco, you should not start vaping because e-cigarettes are not harmless.

Roberto Carnevale of the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy who studied the cardiovascular effects of e-cigarettes states that the study could be used to inform the public about the relationship of cardiovascular risks and vaping. Informing parents and teenagers about the potential harms of vaping is important. According to Carnevale, the potentially damaging health effects of vaping is still unknown as reported by The Verge.

Researchers have found that users of e-cigarettes were prone to cardiac sympathetic activity and increased oxidative stress signs which are related to cardiovascular risk. Habitual vaping has physiologic effects which may affect a user’s cardiovascular health. The authors of the study recommended further investigation on the adverse effects on the health of inhalable nicotine as reported by Medical News Today.

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