New Study Reveals Ecigs Have No Adverse Impact on Heart Function
This week, Konstantinos Farsalinos and his colleagues released the results of their latest electronic cigarette study and this time, they focused on heart function. Last year, the researchers found the ecigs had no significant impact on the lungs, but they needed further data to determine whether vaping would cause any problems for the heart. After doing additional research, Farsalinos found that ecigs also have no adverse impact on heart function.
In the most recent study, the scientists used echocardiograms to measure heart function among smokers and vapers. They followed 40 ecig users and 36 smokers, conducting medical tests before and after each participant smoked or vaped. All participants were between 30-40 years old and the e-cig users vaped with medium-strength nicotine cartridges for 7 minutes while the tobacco users smoked a single cigarette. Then the team performed echocardiograms to measure a variety of cardiovascular functions and noted any change that occurred.
It’s not surprising that the smokers had notable changes to heart function, even after a single cigarette. However, researchers were startled to find that the electronic cigarettes had no effect at all and the measurements remained the same. The scientists chronicled their study in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. “This is the first study to examine the acute effects of electronic cigarette use on myocardial function. No adverse effects on left ventricular myocardial function were observed after using electronic cigarette with nicotine containing liquid for 7 minutes. On the contrary, significant changes in diastolic function parameters were found after smoking 1 tobacco cigarette.”
Based on the collected data samples, the research team issued the following conclusion: “This study provides the first clinical evidence that electronic cigarettes have less acute adverse effects on myocardial function when compared to tobacco cigarettes.”
This newest study is just one more piece of the puzzle as we learn how vaping affects health. Many ecig critics claim that we simply do not know whether electronic cigarettes are safer than tobacco use, but the evidence is quickly adding up. We have now seen dozens of studies published that support ecigs for harm reduction and smoking cessation and this new research project is perhaps one of the most important.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), smokers have an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. While coronary heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States, tobacco is known to cause both. If you smoke less than five cigarettes a day, it can still lead to early warning signs of heart disease. The CDC claims that smoking can damage blood vessels, speed up heart rate, and increase blood pressure. Tobacco use is also associated with a higher risk for blood clots, a common trigger for heart attacks and strokes.
With all the known dangers of smoking, this new study makes it obvious that electronic cigarettes are a much safer alternative. By eliminating the high risk for heart damage, ecigs could have a dramatic impact on a smoker’s long-term health and life expectancy. The next time you hear someone claim that ecigs are not safer than vaping, send a copy of this study! You can’t dispute scientific facts and thanks to Farsalinos and his team, we have a mounting file of evidence that ecigs are the better choice.