One-year study indicates vaping reduces high blood pressure in smoking patients
Most people are already aware that smoking poses increased risks for high blood pressure, hypertension, and heart disease. However, new research is indicating that switching to vaping may offer significant, long-term health benefits. Studies dating back as far as the 1960s indicate that smoking raises the heart rate, narrows the arteries, hardens the arterial walls, and lessens the blood’s ability to clot. Even exposure to second-hand smoke can lead to many of these same conditions
The scientific community is also largely in agreement that nicotine consumption is the real problem. The ingestion of combustible tobacco leaves and its related tar-filled smoke is what causes the majority of smoking-related disease and moralities.
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In fact, research published in 2007 by the Susan and Herman Merinoff Center in New York seeming indicates that nicotine therapies might even be helpful to female patients suffering from pregnancy-induced hypertension. While the e-liquids used in vaping devices sometimes contain trace amounts of nicotine extract, almost none of them contain tobacco. It is this fundamental premise that may be a significant driving factor behind new research into this area of medical specialty, most recently by two world-class physicians named Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Dr. Riccardo Polosa.
Vaping, blood pressure, and heart rates
The two scientists began by soliciting the assistance of 211 volunteers categorized separately as either smokers, vapers, or dual users. All volunteers had also previously participated in the 2013 ECLAT study which focusses on the measurable success rates of vaping as a smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction tool. The members of the vaping group were then subdivided into three additional subcategories.
Vapers using low-nicotine e-liquids
Vapers using medium-nicotine e-liquids
Vapers using high-nicotine e-liquids
For a full year, all vapers were given the same cigalike vaping device and the same brands of e-liquids. Only the nicotine percentages were different, based on the participants’ pre-assigned groupings.
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Furthermore, of the original 211 participants, 145 had prior medical histories of high blood pressure. The remaining 66 participants exhibited signs of elevated heart rates. What the Polosa-Farsalinos team discovered is that switching to vaping is not only good for the heart, the related improvement levels are directly proportional to the nicotine levels being vaped.
“When the same analysis was repeated in 66 subjects with elevated BP at baseline, a substantial reduction in systolic BP was observed at week 52 compared to baseline (132.4 ± 12.0 vs. 141.2 ± 10.5 mmHg, p