Sunday, 09 May 2021 | 14:15 WIB

Electric Cigarettes May Cause Heart and Blood Vessel Disturbances

Electric Cigarettes May Cause Heart and Blood Vessel Disturbances (wikimedia)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Deputy Secretary General of the Indonesian Cardiovascular Specialist Association (PERKI) dr BRM Ario Soeryo Kuncoro, SpJp (K), FIHA revealed that electronic cigarettes have the potential to cause interference in the heart and blood vessel systems.

This can happen because electronic cigarettes emit particulates or harmful substances such as nicotine, organic components that are volatile ,carbonyl, and particulate matter. This content also has the potential to cause health problems through exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoker.

Said the Chairperson of the Medical Section of the Indonesian Heart Foundation (YJI), various studies have shown adverse effects on health, especially acute effects, although long-term effects still need long-term research.

"Acute effects include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, oxidative stress, damage to blood vessel function. Among them are endothelial dysfunction, platelet aggregation," said Dr. Ario in his presentation.

Another mechanism through the effects of particulates issued by e-cigarettes, namely the direct path of blood flow and can affect rhythm disturbances and heart pumps. In addition, the indirect pathway, which is buildup in lung tissue, both of which trigger oxidative stress, which increases the risk of thrombosis or blood clots.

"This electronic cigarette is categorized as less harm, not not harm, meaning there is a risk caused by its use even though it is said to be lower than traditional cigarettes. The danger effects can occur on non-users such as children, pregnant women and people with cardiovascular disease," he explained.

Electronic cigarettes are certainly also not tools that are emission free, meaning that they are still issuing dangerous substances and even toxic residues that are harmful to non-exposed users.

Electronic cigarettes also contain nicotine that enters the body in amounts that are sometimes larger than traditional cigarettes and can cause dependence and even nicotine contamination on non-users.