The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Atrial fibrillation in marijuana smokers

    “Whenever a young patient without predisposing factors develops AF (atrial fibrillation), the possibility of marijuana smoking should be examined as a potential cause.”

    After searching the medical literature, 7 case reports were identified for review.

    Here’s what they found.

    • All patients were young (average age: 25 years).
    • AF occurred shortly after marijuana smoking.
    • All episodes were of short duration
    • In 3 of 6 cases, AF converted to a normal rhythm using pharmacological means.
    • All but one patient had palpitations.
    • 2 patients experienced a transient loss of consciousness, while another one fell.
    • No patient had structural heart disease and only one had a precipitating factor (high blood pressure).

    The bottom line?
    In a young person with an abnormal rhythm that involves the upper chambers of the heart, think marijuana use in the absence of other predisposing factors.

    4/1/08 20:34 JR

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