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Eur J Emerg Med. 2005 Oct;12(5):236-44.

Keep off the grass: marijuana use and acute cardiovascular events.

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Emergency Department, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA, Australia. dcaldico@mail.rah.sa.gov.au

Abstract

Marijuana is one of the most widely used recreational substances in the world, considered by many consumers as a relatively safe drug with few significant side-effects. We report the case of a 21-year-old man who suffered an acute myocardial infarction following the use of marijuana, despite having no other identifiable risk factors for an acute cardiovascular event. We review the published medical literature regarding acute cardiovascular events following marijuana use and postulate a possible mechanism for this unusual pathological consequence of marijuana use.

PMID:
16175062
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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