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Marijuana Use and Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Systematic Review of Published Cases in the Literature

Marijuana users are more liable to suffer from acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

This meta-analysis assessed the link between the use of marijuana and the tendency to experience acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Researchers looked at the medical records of 62 patients who participated in 46 studies. 

Researchers noted that majority of the patients reported the onset of symptoms of acute myocardial infarction hours after the use of marijuana. The study concluded that "It is important to consider episodic marijuana use as a significant risk factor of AMI, particularly in individuals with no cardiac risk factors, as delay in management can result in fatal outcomes including increased risk of mortality."

Research Summary Information

  • 2019
  • Rikinkumar S Patel, Saher H Kamil, Ramya Bachu, Archana Adikey, Virendrasinh Ravat, Mandeep Kaur, William E Tankersley, Hemant Goyal
  • Department of Psychiatry, Griffin Memorial Hospital and Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance abuse (ODMHAS), Norman, OK 73071, USA. Department of Psychiatry, Austin State Hospital, Austin, TX 78751, USA. Department of Medicine, Baptist Health Medical Center, North Little Rock, AR 72117, USA. Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA 24018, USA. Department of Medicine, Larkin Community Hospital, South Miami, FL 33143, USA. American University of Antigua, Jabberwock Beach Road PO Box W1451 Coolidge, Antigua. Department of Medicine, The Wright Center of Graduate Medical Education, Scranton, PA 18503, USA. Electronic address: doc.hemant@yahoo.com.
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