E-cigarettes putting your heart at risk

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Washington D.C, Feb 12 (ANI): While “vaping” has been seen as a healthier alternative to smoking, a new study has provided more evidence on the potential harmful effects of e-cigarettes.

A University of Louisville researcher Daniel J. Conklin will discuss his early research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting.

Conklin will share new data showing that e-cigarettes have been shown to speed up atherosclerosis – the plaque-causing disease that leads to heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.

When atherosclerosis affects the arteries of the heart, it is known as coronary artery disease, a condition that affects more than 15 million Americans and causes 500,000 deaths annually.

“Currently, we do not know whether e-cigarettes are harmful,” Conklin said. “They do not generate smoke as do conventional cigarettes but they do generate an aerosol – the vapor – that alters indoor air quality and contains toxic aldehydes. We investigated the direct effects of these toxins on cardiovascular disease in the laboratory.”

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He noted that these findings indicate that multiple tobacco-derived constituents have cardiovascular disease-causing potential. (ANI)

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