Vaping and Heart Health: Exploring the Impact on Cardiac Health
Vaping has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Already, it has surpassed traditional smoking in terms of how many people opt to take part in it. There is a lot to be said about how vaping can affect your heart health, so in this article we will be taking a look at what kind of effects it has and what you can do to minimize or eliminate any potential risks.
Research Finds No Link Between E-Cigarettes and Cardiovascular Disease
Two large cross-sectional studies evaluated the risk of cardiovascular disease associated with e-cigarette use and found no significant correlation. These studies, published in the journals Circulation and Annals of Internal Medicine, evaluated data from a sample size of more than 66,000 people and found no association between exclusive e-cigarette use and cardiovascular disease.
This suggests that while nicotine in e-cigarettes increases oxidative stress and inflammation, further research is necessary to establish the long-term effects of vaping on the body.
The Impact of Vaping on Heart Health and Blood Pressure
Researchers recently studied the cardiovascular health of smokers, vapers, and people with no nicotine use. They found that those who used e-cigarettes exclusively or in combination with smoking had a slightly higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate than people who only smoked. The researchers in this study concluded that while the differences are small, they still indicate a risk to heart health associated with using e-cigarettes.
Although the risk of cancer caused by smoking can take years to develop, vaping is also said to increase the risk of cancer due to the presence of other harmful chemicals in the vapor such as formaldehyde, acrolein, and benzene. Therefore, it is important to consider the long-term effects of vaping on one’s health and the potential risk of cancer.
The Need for Further Research on Vaping and Cardiovascular Disease
Despite the lack of a direct link between vaping and cardiovascular disease, experts still universally agree that more research is necessary to assess the short-term and long-term impacts of vaping on heart health. Data already suggests there are risks associated with vaping, particularly in regards to oxidative stress and inflammation.
Meanwhile, large-scale clinical studies are needed to assess the health risks associated with vaping and the long-term impacts on our cardiovascular health. Although it is difficult to measure the exact risks, the existing data is enough to suggest that consumers should be cautious about using e-cigarettes and be aware of the potential risks they pose.