E-Cigarettes and Your Heart

InformationComments Off on E-Cigarettes and Your Heart

The damage smoking does to the lungs and heart is well documented, moving us beyond the health debates of the 1960’s.  However, similar debates are currently taking place in regards to the health impact of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices.

Many of the debates have centered on respiratory system, cancer and lung health.  Though e-cigarettes don’t deposit tar into the lungs and don’t have as many known carcinogens, they are not without their health concerns.  We are now gaining a better understanding of some health concerns, including respiratory issues linked to chemicals in “e-juice” and cancer causing substances that may be as high as or higher than that of traditional cigarettes.  Some studies are now showing health concerns related to the heart and cardiovascular system.

A study from the University of California confirmed that nicotine inhaled from an e-cigarette “increased heart adrenaline levels.”  A study from West Virginia University found that e-cigarette aerosol (aka: vapor) was connected to arteries narrowing and becoming less flexible.  A study from Brown University found that inhaling nicotine from e-cigarettes can increase the buildup of plaque, leading to atherosclerosis.  Other substance use or additional caffeine consumption, whether consumed or inhaled from an electronic smoking device would likely compound the many of these risks.  In summary, an e-cigarette user will have an increased heart rate with restricted blood flow, putting greater stress on the heart and raising their risk of death, especially if combined with other substance use.

Initially many thought that e-cigarettes simply produced “water vapor” and posed no risk, but we now know that this is less than accurate.  Some studies will still attempt to promote the safety of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices by comparing them to traditional cigarettes, but we know that these devices carry their own health concerns, including conditions that may lead to an increased risk of a heart attack and death.  The one way for anyone to improve their health is to break free from all of this.

Though the damage smoking causes to the lungs and heart is well documented, current debates about the health impact of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices have continued.  Many of these debates have centered on the respiratory system, but some studies are now showing health concerns related to the heart and cardiovascular system.

Studies have confirmed that nicotine inhaled from an e-cigarette “increased heart adrenaline levels” resulting in elevated heart rates.  Other studies found that e-cigarette aerosol (aka: vapor) was connected to arteries narrowing and becoming less flexible; e-cigarettes have also been linked to an increase in the buildup of plaque, leading to atherosclerosis.  Other substance use or additional caffeine consumption, whether consumed or inhaled from an electronic smoking device would likely compound these risks.  In summary, an e-cigarette user will have an increased heart rate with restricted blood flow, putting greater stress on the heart and raising their risk of death, especially if combined with other substance use.

Some still claim e-cigarettes simply produced “water vapor” and posed no risk or attempt to promote their safety by comparing them to traditional cigarettes.  The one way for anyone to improve their health is to break free from all of this.

By: Curt Wheeler, Certified Prevention Specialist

Sign Up for our Newsletter!