Vaping increases your risk of deadly heart failure by a FIFTH, study shows

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VAPING can damage your heart even if you have never smoked cigarettes, according to a study. Around five million Brits use e-cigs and health chiefs say they are a safer alternative to tobacco but the long-term health risks are unknown. 1 Nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure which is known to damage veins and arteries over time Credit: Getty Images Data from 176,000 adults in the USA now shows vapers are 19 per cent more likely to develop heart failure than the average person.

The condition stiffens the heart over time until it stops working and affects about a million people in the UK. Study author Dr Yakubu Bene-Alhasan, from MedStar Health in Baltimore, Maryland, said medics do not yet fully understand why vaping appears to stiffen the heart. Nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure which is known to damage veins and arteries over time.



The research found 3,242 people developed heart failure out of a group of 175,667 – and patients were a fifth more likely to have used e-cigarettes. The same effect was true regardless of someone’s age, general health and smoking history. Dr Bene-Alhasan said: ““The difference we saw was substantial.

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