Study on E-Cigarettes Finds No Harmful Effect on the Heart

By Lindsay Fox Posted September 27, 2012

E-Cigarettes Effects on the HeartAccording to research conducted by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, people who smoke e-cigarettes have no risk of heart problems because of these cigarettes. The results of this study were presented at an ESC Congress 2012 press conference recently.


The study measured myocardial function (using cardiac ultrasound) as well as blood pressure and heart rate of people who were asked to smoke certain test substances for a fixed period.


It is a well-established fact that cigarette smoking has a very negative effect on cardiac function. However, the study aimed to see whether e-cigarettes are equally harmful.


This clinical study conducted by Dr. Farsalinos measured heart function in 20 cigarette smokers between the ages of 25 and 45 and 22 e-cigarette smokers of the same age group. In both groups, the people were regular users of cigarettes or e-cigarettes as the case may be. Interestingly, the addicts of electronic cigarettes who took part in this study were long time smokers who had a greater lifetime tobacco smoking disclosure of 44% in comparison to the smokers in the study.


The most interesting result of the study is that while regular cigarettes produced a significant increase in diastolic blood pressure, electronic cigarettes created only a very minimal elevation. In addition, the nicotine present in e-cigarettes was absorbed by the blood at a very low rate when compared to conventional cigarette smoking.


Electronic cigarettes are a very popular alternative to regular cigarettes because they enable people to quit smoking easily. These cigarettes contain liquid nicotine and they provide the smoker with the sensation of smoking cigarettes without any of the danger posed by inhaling burning tobacco. Since nicotine is what smokers are addicted to, these products supply the smoker with a safe supply of nicotine.


According to Dr. Farsalinos, the existing evidence is in favour of electronic cigarettes as a very reliable alternative to regular cigarette smoking. E-cigarettes simply do not have the disadvantages of regular cigarettes and are far less toxic. As a result, smokers ought to consider using these cigarettes.


Dr Farsalinos will be attending the ESC Congress 2012 scientific session during which he will present the results of this revolutionary study.


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