Teens who smoke marijuana may be at risk for heart disease

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Young people who smoke marijuana may be putting themselves at risk for heart disease.

That’s the finding of a new study published in the journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers say from 2006 to 2010 they found 35 reports of patients who experienced heart complications after using marijuana — including 20 heart attacks and nine deaths.

They also found that all but one of the patients were under the age of 50.

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use, some experts are calling for a national system to track health complications related to marijuana.

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