HealthDay News — Electronic cigarette use is associated with increased odds of stroke, myocardial infarction, and angina or coronary heart disease, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, held from February 6 to 8 in Honolulu.

Paul M. Ndunda, MD, and Tabitha M. Muutu, MD, from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, analyzed data from 66,795 respondents to the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) who reported ever regularly using e-cigarettes and a control group of 343,856 respondents who reported never using e-cigarettes. The authors examined the correlation between e-cigarette use and stroke.

Twenty-one percent of BRFSS respondents reported ever using e-cigarettes. The researchers found that compared with nonusers, e-cigarette users had significantly lower mean age (44 vs 57 years), mean body mass index (27.7 vs 28.1kg/m²), and rate of diabetes (9.8 vs 12.1%). E-cigarette users had increased adjusted odds of stroke, myocardial infarction, and angina or coronary heart disease compared with controls (odds ratios, 1.71, 1.59, and 1.4, respectively). 

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