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Not so harmless? Marijuana use linked to heart problems

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Young people who use marijuana may be at risk for heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular problems, a new study suggests.

From 2006 to 2010, researchers found 35 reports of patients who had experienced cardiovascular complications following cannabis use.

The  study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

About 85% of the patients were men and their average age was 34. In nine cases the patient died.

The chief of cardiology at Georgetown University says these findings don’t show the level of risk, but indicate a link between weed and heart disease. 

“Currently people think (cannabis is) harmless,” says lead study author Emilie Jouanjus, at the Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier. “What I think is very important from my work is that we see cannabis use may lead to very serious complications on the cardiovascular system.”