It’s no secret that smoking is toxic. E-cigarettes seemed to be the safe alternative, avoiding harmful chemicals and salvaging good health. But researchers are now saying that e-cigarettes have plenty of health risks of their own – including damaging effects to the heart.
In a study presented at the European Society for Cardiology congress in Rome, the world’s largest cardiology conference, researchers found that vaping may have the same negative impact on heart health as smoking. E-cigarettes have been discovered to have adverse effects on the main artery of the heart.
Researchers studied the hearts of 24 smokers while they puffed on both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. The result was that vaping for 30 minutes had the same effect of stiffening of the aorta as smoking for five minutes.
Professor Charalambos Vlachopoulos, lead researcher and cardiologist from University of Athens Medical School, said, “We measured aortic stiffness. If the aorta is stiff you multiply your risk of dying, either from heart diseases or from other causes.”
Although the study only analyzed the immediate effects of vaping and smoking, Vlachopoulos advises that long-term risks are still largely unknown, and recommends avoiding e-cigarettes altogether.
“The aorta is like a balloon next to the heart,” Vlachopoulos said. “The more stiff the balloon is, the more difficult for the heart to pump. It’s the most powerful biomarker we have for estimating cardiovascular risk.”
He further explains, “The value of the acute study is that it gives an insight of how long your aorta is stressed throughout the day – because this happens throughout the day, this is something that happens repeatedly. There could be long term heart dangers. They are far more dangerous than people realise.”
E-cigarettes also contain harmful chemicals such as diacetyl and acetoin. Diacetyl has been linked to serious lung diseases such as bronchiolitis obliterans, which is only treatable by lung transplant.
Source: The Telegraph