The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Caution: Marijuana and heart attack patients

    Marijuana might pose particular risk for susceptible people with coronary heart disease, according to researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

    First, the details.

    • 1913 adults hospitalized with a heart attack at 45 US hospitals between 1989 and 1994 were interviewed to determine marijuana use.

    And, the results.

    • 52 patients reported marijuana use during the prior year, and 317 died over the next 4 years.
    • Prior marijuana use, compared to no use, was associated with a significantly greater risk of death due to heart-related or non-heart related causes.
    • The risk of death increased with increasing use of marijuana.
    • After adjusting for smoking cigarettes, the marijuana risk remained.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Although marijuana use does not appear to be associated with mortality among the general population, our results suggest that it may carry particular risks for vulnerable populations with established cardiovascular disease.”

    2/26/08 19:07 JR

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