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Congestive heart failure, high BP, cardiac arrhythmia. Taking marijuana. Will it cause further heart problems?

My mom is 68 years old and is experiencing many problems associated with congestive heart failure , high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia . She also smokes marijuana numerous times a day (prescribed for pain following chemotherapy after double mastectomy ). I am concerned that the smoking could have a deleterious effect on her heart. Any advise?
Asked On : Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I understand your concerns. Congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia are all symptoms of overuse or dependence on marijuana. However you might also want to check whether you marijuana is laced with another substance, as this is usually the case and more likely to cause your symptoms. I believe that the pain may be relieved by medical marijuana as well as the neuropathy. The heart condition may be isolated and it may need the attention of a specialist doctor and so please consult a cardiologist for the same.

I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day!
Answered: Sun, 30 Jun 2013
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