Is Pot Linked to Blood Pressure Deaths?

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By Dennis Thompson

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Marijuana usage may triple your risk of dying from high blood pressure, a new study indicates.

A review of U.S. health survey data found that marijuana users were three times more likely to die from causes related to elevated blood pressure (hypertension), said lead researcher Barbara Yankey.

“Prolonged marijuana use may increase the risk of hypertension [high blood pressure] mortality,” she said. “It’s important that recreational use of marijuana is approached with care, because we don’t have all the information.”

Yankey is a doctoral student with the Georgia State University School of Public Health in Atlanta.

However, a heart doctor said the study was flawed, mainly because it relied on survey data that failed to answer crucial questions about the potential link between pot and high blood pressure.

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