Study Links Marijuana To Increased Death Among Young People Following Heart Attacks

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that cocaine and cannabis use are associated with higher mortality rates among patients who experience heart attacks. 

The authors, most of whom were from Harvard Medical School, write that the purpose of the study was to address the potential health risks of both the recent increase in cannabis legalization and “substance use among young adults.” They looked specifically at patients who experienced a type of heart attack known as a type 1, myocardial infarction.

To make their findings, the researchers analyzed the medical records of patients less than 50 years old, using 2000 to 2016 data from two academic hospitals in Boston. They determined whether the patients were using substances by reviewing whether they reported using substances or substances appeared on toxicology screenings the week prior to

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