- Adolescents and young adults who use cannabis have an increased risk for hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (MI).
Why this matters
- These authors say that clinicians need to be aware that cannabis use is climbing in this age group, and they should know the features of cannabis-associated MI.
- Cannabis use was associated with 14.9% of MI hospitalizations in this study, which also looked at other substance use.
- Cannabis use was associated with an increased risk for MI hospitalization (aOR, 1.362; P<.001>
- Cannabis users had angioplasty more often than users of other drugs who had increased MI hospitalization.
- The highest risk among the drug classes evaluated was for amphetamine users, as expected.
- In-hospital mortality among cannabis users was 2%.
- Retrospective analysis, data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2010-2014), people ages 15-22 years with a diagnosis of acute MI (n=1694; 252 who had used cannabis).
- These patients were compared with 9,465,255 inpatients without MI, with substance use included among potential risk factors.
- Funding: None.
- No causation established.