A small study in Greece has found that electronic cigarettes pose little to no risk to the heart. This compliments another Greek study that found electronic cigarettes have very little impact on lung function.
The study was presented by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos from the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens at the European Society of Cardiology’s annual meeting.
The study looked at the heart function of 20 smokers before and after smoking a cigarette and 22 e-cig users after 7 minutes using the device. What they found wasn’t entirely shocking but supports belief that electronic cigarettes are far safer than traditional cigarettes.
The smokers experienced raised blood pressure and heart rate among other issues. Electronic cigarette users in the study only experienced a slight elevation in blood pressure.
Health professionals still agree that this is far from the conclusive evidence necessary to define the health effects of electronic cigarettes (certainly more needs to look at the long term effects). But this is another step towards understanding and proving that electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking.
In the most simple terms, less chemicals means less problems.