New study finds marijuana use may weaken your heart

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Just a week after several states legalized the recreational use of marijuana a new study reveals marijuana may weaken the heart muscles, most notably in young men.

Researchers from St. Luke's University Hospital Network compared over 33,000 patients with stress cardiomyopathy -- a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscle.

The symptoms can include chest plain, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

The patients were grouped as either a marijuana user or not.

Researchers found the majority of marijuana using patients were younger and male. While they experienced fewer risk factors of stress cardiomyopathy, the marijuana users were 2.4% more likely to go into cardiac arrest than non-users.

Not only that, but according to CNN, one researcher claimed, "Someone who uses marijuana is almost two times more likely to develop stress cardiomyopathy."

And while there are some positive medical benefits attributed to using the drug, Dr. Ann Bolger of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine says the findings have her concerned that "exposure to (marijuana) may not be as benign as some people seem to think."

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