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Vaping increases risk of heart disease

Individuals who have used e-cigarettes containing nicotine at any point in their lives have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to those who have never used vapes, according to a study published April 2 by the American College of Cardiology.

This increased risk is particularly prominent in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a condition where the heart muscle becomes stiff and fails to fill properly with blood between beats. The study, which tracked 175,667 participants over 45 months, found no significant impact from other factors such as age, sex, or smoking cigarettes.

“More and more studies are linking e-cigarettes to harmful effects and finding that it might not be as safe as previously thought,” Yakubu Bene-Alhasan, M.D., the study’s lead author and a resident physician at MedStar Health in Baltimore, said in a statement. “We don’t want to wait too long to find out eventually that it might be harmful, and by that time a lot of harm might already have been done.”

Read more: Forbes

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