Dr. Farsalinos: Vaping offers immediate benefits for myocardial functions
Dr. Konstantinos E Farsalinos has released the results of a new study indicating that vaping provides immediate health benefits for improved myocardial heart functions. A highly regarded research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Greece, Dr. Farsalinos also believes that he has definitive scientific proof that smoking even a single cigarette can result in lasting damage to the heart. For vapers engaged in dual use of both smoking and vaping, they may want to reconsider their life choices.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Farsalinos is famously pro-vaping. He and his research team have conducted numerous scientific studies in recent years, on such topics like “vaping as a gateway to smoking” and “the reasons why doctors are still fearful of recommending vaping as a stop-smoking aid.” He has also publicly criticized several public health organizations, include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for refusing to acknowledge the many health benefits of vaping.
His latest research study entitled Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device (electronic cigarette) on myocardial function: comparison with the effects of regular cigarettes is published in the online medical journal BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. He and his team of scientists began the study by soliciting a group of 81 volunteers to measure the effects of vaping vs. smoking on various heart functions.
Overview of the Farsalinos vape study
Of the original 81 volunteers, only 76 completed the study in full. The sample group consisted of both only-vapers and only-smokers with an average age of 36 years. Other criteria of the sample group and related research include the following.
- Only-vapers group consisted of 36 men and 4 women.
- To be in the only-vapers group, participants were required to be completely smoke-free for at least 30-days.
- Only-smokers group consisted of 32 men and 4 women.
- To be in the only-smokers group, participants were required to have a history of smoking a minimum of 15 cigarette s per day for at least five years.
- During the course of the study, each group was sent to different laboratories for measurements of their related myocardial functions to avoid cross-contamination.
- Smokers were asked to smoke a single cigarette.
- Vapers were allowed to vape for seven minutes, the estimated time that it takes to smoke a combustible cigarette.
- The many different heart functions measured included the following:
- IVRT corrected to heart rate (IVRTc)
- Isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT)
- Triglyceride, Glucose, and Cholesterol levels
- Left ventricle (LV) Diameter and mass index
- Standing Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
- Diastolic and Systolic BP
- Myocardial performance index
According to the published results, Dr. Farsalinos and his team discovered that the only-vapers group experienced so significant adverse effects of any kind in each of the myocardial functions. Unfortunately, the only-smokers group had immediate negative outcomes in almost all of the pre-determined criteria.
"This 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 cigarette."
"This study provides the first clinical evidence that electronic cigarettes have less acute adverse effects on myocardial function when compared to tobacco cigarettes."
Perhaps because this latest vaping study was conducted by scientists aboard, American public health agencies like the FDA and the CDC have been slow to recognize its importance. Still, the scientific conclusions put forth by Dr. Farsalinos and his team seem to support previous claims made by the UK Royal College of Physicians and other European scientists that indicate vaping is up to 95 percent healthier and safer than smoking.