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New study raising heart health concerns about marijuana

Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new study on marijuana is raising health concerns just as more states are legalizing the drug.

Young and middle aged adults who use marijuana could be putting themselves at risk for heart-related complications, and even death.

That finding comes from a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

French researchers looked at about 2,000 health complications involving marijuana.

35 were cardiovascular-related, including 20 heart attacks, and 9 deaths.

"We used to think marijuana was a very safe drug, but as more and more marijuana is being used, there have been more identifiable cases of cardiovascular complications," said cardiologist Dr. Robert Kloner. "It can increase heart rate, and this can increase the demand for oxygen by the heart."

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use, some experts are calling for a national system to track health complications related to marijuana.
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