While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to demonize vaping in the press, European scientists are once again singing its praises. In another groundbreaking research study, a team of scientists from Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Kallithéa, Greece has successfully proven that vaping has no negative effects on the heart.
The team led by a world-class cardiologist Dr. Konstantinos E Farsalinos conducted the study by evaluating the heart functions of a group of volunteers. 81 participants were chosen, but only 76 actually completed the study. The volunteers were comprised of a group of both smokers and vapers with the following characteristics.
- 36 smokers (32 male, 4 female) with an average age of 36 years of age
- 40 vapers (36 male, 4 female) with an average age of 35 years of age
- The scientists monitored the following list of cardiovascular functions via echocardiogram technology, both before and after vaping or smoking.
- oHeart Rate
- oSystolic BP
- oDiastolic BP
- oBlood Pressure
- oLeft ventricle (LV) mass index
- oLV Diameter
- oGlucose, Triglycerides, and Cholesterol levels
- oIsovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT)
- oIVRT corrected to heart rate (IVRTc)
- oMyocardial performance index assessed via Doppler flow
- oAnd other related criteria
The participants were asked to visit the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center on several occasions over a period of several months. Initial measurements were taken before the smoking group was asked to go into a separate room and smoke a cigarette. Meanwhile, vapers were asked to travel to a second room and vape the same electronic device filled with the same “medium strength” e-liquid of 7ml of nicotine. Vapers were asked to vape for a full seven minutes.
The results of the European vaping study
After the smoking and vaping sessions were complete, the corresponding measurements of heart functions were evaluated once again. The scientists concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that vaping has no adverse health effects on the myocardial heart functions of the control group. However, the smoking group experienced significant damage in almost all areas.
The co-authors of the study offer the following conclusions.
is the first study to examine the acute effects of electronic cigarette use on
myocardial function. No adverse effects on LV [left ventricular] myocardial
function were observed after using electronic cigarette with
nicotine-containing liquid for 7 minutes. On the contrary, significant changes
in diastolic function parameters were found after smoking 1 tobacco
"This study provides the first clinical evidence that electronic cigarettes have less acute adverse effects on myocardial function when compared to tobacco cigarettes."
Unfortunately, this latest scientific research has not yet hit mainstream US media. Furthermore, the CDC and the FDA have yet to acknowledge its very existence. The study is entitled Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device (electronic cigarette) on myocardial function: comparison with the effects of regular cigarettes and is readily available online via the medical journal BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.