So if you are a smoker who has been looking to ease off the cigarettes and into an alternative, it looks like E-Cigarettes may not be the best choice after all.
A new U.S. study led by researchers at University of California San Francisco along with a team from George Washington University has found that daily e-cigarette use can nearly double the risk of a heart attack compared to those who have never used e-cigs, with the risk even higher for those who also continue to smoke regular tobacco cigarettes. The study is the first to look at the relationship between e-cigarette use and heart attacks.
For the research data 69,452 participants were involved and were interviewed about their e-cigarette and tobacco cigarette use as well as whether they had ever been told by a health professional that they had had a heart attack.
The responses showed that from the 9,352 participants who were current or former e-cigarette users, 333 (3.6 per cent) had experienced a heart attack at some point.
This number was even higher for those who smoked e-cigarettes daily, with 6.1 per cent of these participants experiencing a heart attack. The team also found that daily e-cigarette users had around the same odds as a heart attack as those who smoked regular tobacco cigarettes daily.
The results also showed that using both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes — which was the most common use pattern among e-cigarette users — appears to be even more dangerous than using either product alone. For those who used both types of cigarettes daily, the odds of having had a heart attack were 4.6 times higher compared to those who had never used either product.
There is some good news, with the team finding that there appears to be no increased risk of a heart attack for former or occasional-cigarette users.
Bottom Line: The risk of heart attack starts to drop immediately after you stop smoking say experts and it appears the same is true when you stop using e-cigarettes also, so the key to improving health seems to be stopping all together rather than trying to switch it up.
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