Over the last few weeks, we’ve discussed how Juul products and other types of e-cigarettes might not be the safe alternative to smoking they were originally presented as. First, we spoke about the lung issues caused by some e-cigarette vapors. Then, we talked about Juul’s possible links to cancer. Now, new research has linked e-cigarettes to cardiovascular issues.
About the Heart Health E-Cigarette Study
Two separate studies are set to be presented an upcoming American Heart Association study. Each of them shows that e-cigarettes negatively affect cholesterol and the body’s efficiency at pumping blood. While not extensive enough to be conclusive, they mark yet another red flag raised by health professionals who are concerned about the prevalence of vaping in the nation.
The First Study
In one study, researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine studied the cholesterol levels of different types of people. Four groups were examined those who regularly used e-cigarettes, those who smoked regular cigarettes, those who used both types of products, and nonsmokers.
The Boston University researchers found that those who vaped had a higher level of LDL cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is harmful because it's associated with clogged arteries. Additionally, vapers were found to have low levels of HDL, the kind of cholesterol which “scavenges” on bad cholesterol and helps remove it from areas that it doesn’t belong.
In a comment to NBC News, Dr. Sana Majid said that “This is a snapshot of what is happening right now. There is a lot we still don’t know about electronic cigarettes. It’s going to take time for us to understand how e-cigarettes affect your heart health.”
The Second Study
The second study was smaller and focused on how smoking and vaping changed the heart's ability to pump blood. It measured pumping efficiency at rest and during exercise. Just like the first study, it examined a group of smokers, vapers, and those who don’t smoke or vape. Typically, blood flow is known to increase during exercise. When smokers exercise, their blood flow decreases but returns to normal during rest. However, researchers found one thing that was surprising: those who vaped had lowered blood flow during exercise and at rest.
"It’s evidence that there’s something wrong with the blood flow regulation in smokers and maybe even more so in e-cigarette smokers," said Dr. Florian Rader, an author of the study. "These products are marketed as healthy alternatives, and yet we see more and more evidence that they’re definitely not healthy.”
E-Cigarette Illness Is Becoming More Common
Vaping’s possible negative impacts on the heart would be another strike for the devices once promised to help people kick a dangerous habit. E-cigarette-related lung issues have become common enough that medical professionals refer to them as e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury, or EVALI for short. The Centers for Disease Control now numbers the amount of vaping-related illness cases in the United States at 2,051 and counting. At least 39 people have been killed because of EVALI.
Are You Suffering from Juul or Another E-Cigarette Product? Call HHR Today.
At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC, we’re prepared to help those suffering from the side effects of Juul products and other e-cigarettes fight for the compensation that they deserve. Juul has a history of deceptive advertising, and we’re prepared to fight and hold them accountable for their practices. Our team has won tens of millions of dollars for clients and is ready to talk to you right now. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with EVALI or think you might have it, we’re prepared to help you explore your options.
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