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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    Atrial fibrillation in marijuana smokers

    “Whenever a young patient without predisposing factors develops AF (atrial fibrillation), the possibility of marijuana smoking should be examined as a potential cause.”

    After searching the medical literature, 7 case reports were identified for review.

    Here’s what they found.

    • All patients were young (average age: 25 years).
    • AF occurred shortly after marijuana smoking.
    • All episodes were of short duration
    • In 3 of 6 cases, AF converted to a normal rhythm using pharmacological means.
    • All but one patient had palpitations.
    • 2 patients experienced a transient loss of consciousness, while another one fell.
    • No patient had structural heart disease and only one had a precipitating factor (high blood pressure).

    The bottom line?
    In a young person with an abnormal rhythm that involves the upper chambers of the heart, think marijuana use in the absence of other predisposing factors.

    4/1/08 20:34 JR

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