Study Shows Vaping Damages Blood Vessels

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September 21, 2019
Edward Smith

Does Vaping Damage Blood Vessels?

A recently published study showed that e-cigarettes can damage someone’s blood vessels even if that person has only vaped a single time. Recently, there has been a lot of focus surrounding vaping and its potential harm. There have been reports of children drinking the e-liquid vials that supply e-cigarettes because they look like candy. In addition, there have been multiple hospitalizations reported due to vape use. Even the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has gotten involved as healthcare professionals search for answers.

Now, another study has been published showing that blood vessels can be damaged by e-cigarette use. This study has important implications for future research on the effects of vaping.

The Study Structure: Vaping

The study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The research professionals recruited about 30 volunteers. These individuals were previously healthy and had no history of smoking or vaping. Their average age was 24 years.

The research participants were closely monitored as they each took several inhalations from an e-cigarette. Importantly, this vape pen did not have any nicotine inside it. After this was completed, the researchers performed an MRI scan on each of the volunteers. The goal of the MRI was to measure the flow of blood through the femoral artery in the leg.

The Results of the Study: More than Just Lung Damage

After the MRI of the femoral artery was completed, the researchers took some measurements of the blood vessel. The results showed that the function of the inner lining of the blood vessel, called the endothelium, was impaired even after just a single use of the vape pen. The damage done to the endothelium caused a reduction in the blood flow through the blood vessel.

The results of this study are significant because, even though vaping has been shown to cause lung damage, the results extend beyond the respiratory system. This study shows damage to the vascular system as well.

According to a press release given by the researchers, the products do not advertise that this damage is possible by using their products. The researchers state that the additives, the solvents, the flavorings, and other chemicals have the potential to cause severe damage to multiple organ systems. Even though more research needs to be done on the health consequences of e-cigarettes, the immediate impacts are difficult to ignore. This study is more evidence of exactly that.

The Consequences of Blood Vessel Damage

If someone’s blood vessels are damaged by e-cigarette use, this can choke off the supply of oxygen and nutrients to certain parts of the body. If the endothelial lining becomes constricted and blood flow is slowed, the blood can start to pool in the vessel. This can lead to the formation of blood clots.

Once blood clots form, they can travel anywhere. These clots can move to the heart where they can cause a heart attack. A blood clot that moves to the brain can cause a stroke. These are medical emergencies that demand the attention of a trained medical professional. Blood clots can develop as a consequence of vaping. It is crucial for everyone to understand these health risks and for the companies themselves to advertise impacts. With an effective public health campaign, these health risks can be avoided.

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Blood vessels can be damaged by even a single episode of vaping. If someone you care about has been harmed after using e-cigarettes, please reach out to me today at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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