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If you are smoking marijuana then you are at increased risk of developing cerebrovascular effects of cannabinoids or stroke, a…

If you are smoking marijuana then you are at increased risk of developing cerebrovascular effects of cannabinoids or stroke, a new study has found.

The findings, presented at the World Stroke Congress in Montreal, showed a rise in stroke incidence among marijuana users from 2010-14 while overall stroke prevalence remained stable.

According to the researchers from the University of Toronto, there are over 80 million people currently living with the effects of stroke globally.

For the study, The team evaluated the use of the drug rivaroxaban versus acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) to prevent strokes in patients with an enlarged left atrium of the heart.

The study examined a total of 2.3 million hospitalizations among people who used marijuana recreationally among which 32,231

had a stroke including 19,452 with acute ischemic stroke – sudden loss of blood circulation to an area of ​​the brain.

“We are seeing a very intriguing signal here , and it has biological plausibility, but it is going to require independent validation before making any changes to practice recommendations, “said co-author David Gladstone, Associate Professor from the varsity.

The results showed that the rate of stroke of all Types among marijuana users increased from 1.3 to 1.5%. In addition, the rate of ischemic stroke increased from 0.7 to 0.9%, the team said.

During the five-year period, the prevalence of stroke among all patients was stable, findings revealed, they added.

The researchers konkluderede at disse voksende tendenser i stroke blandt marijuana-brukere “beretter videre prospektive undersøgelser for evaluering av marijuana-strokeforeningen amid legalization of recreational use.”

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First Published: Oct 20, 2018 12:27 IST

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