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E-Cigarettes may Pose the Same or Higher Risk of Stroke

by Bidita Debnath on March 1, 2017 at 11:46 PM
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E-Cigarettes may Pose the Same or Higher Risk of Stroke

Electronic cigarette or e-cigarettes vaping may pose just as much, or even higher risk as smoking tobacco in case of strokes.

This is according to a preliminary study in mice presented at the American Heart Association's International Stroke Conference 2017.

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Researchers found:

Mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor for 10 days or 30 days had worse stroke outcome and neurological deficits, than those exposed to tobacco smoke.
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E-cigarette exposure decreased glucose uptake in the brain. Glucose fuels brain activity.

Both e-Cig and tobacco smoke exposure for 30 days decreased Thrombomodulin (anti-coagulant) levels.

From a brain health perspective, researchers said, electronic-cigarette vaping is not safer than tobacco smoking, and may pose a similar, if not higher risk for stroke severity.

Use of e-cigarettes is a growing health concern in both smoking and nonsmoking populations. Researchers said rigorous studies are needed to investigate the effects of the nicotine exposure via e-cigarettes on brain and stroke outcome.

Source: Eurekalert
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