Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States today. The number of people who die as a direct result of this condition is estimated to be around 610,000 people per year. However, the number of people who suffer from the condition is much higher. A shocking 15 million Americans suffer from some form of heart disease at any given time.
Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease. This is caused when cholesterol plaque builds up inside the walls of the coronary artery, which is the main source of blood to the heart, and eventually blocks it. Another of the most common forms of heart disease is arrhythmias, or irregular heart beats which can be either too fast or too slow.
Heart disease is just one type of circulatory disease. These disease are ones which affect the circulatory system and its ability to transport blood around the body. These include aortic dissection and aneurysm, stroke, cardiomyopathy and hypertension. Many of these diseases are tightly linked and can cause others to occur as a result. This is why heart and circulatory diseases require immediate medical treatment.
The current treatments for these conditions usually depend on a combination of medications and highly targeted lifestyle changes. The medications used can lower cholesterol, blood pressure and other risk factors which damage the health of the heart. Lifestyle changes often include weight loss, increase in exercise, less alcohol and quitting smoking. This combination of medication and lifestyle changes can be very effective at treating heart and circulatory diseases.
The effects of medical cannabis on the heart aren’t yet fully understood. Preliminary studies have indicated that cannabidiol can lower rates of blood pressure significantly, and almost instantly. Further studies are underway and it is hoped that medical cannabis could prove to be even more beneficial to these diseases than expected.