Saturday May 18, 2013
Cardiac Arrhythmias and Marijuana: Reprise
Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
(PORTLAND, OR) - Every once in a while, I get a very perspicacious email response to one of my articles. This one I had to respond to. The inquisitor asked some very pertinent, personal and medical-scientific questions.
Q. He gets arrhythmia(s) when he smokes pot. He asks, "Does pot cause it"?
A. Pot almost always causes reflex tachyarrhythmias. First it causes artiolar and capillary dilation (bloodshot eyes). This causes reflex tachycardia but after listening to three thousand hearts and taking their blood pressure, I neither heard nor saw ventricular extrasystoles, a serious arrhythmia. I also did not see elevated blood pressure. I tried to have this published in the New England Journal of Medicine NEJM, but they declined because it was about a dangerous forbidden drug, marijuana.
Q. He asked, "How many of your 4,000+ patients were stoned"? Good question!
A. All patient's disease processes can be graded one to ten. Most of our patients were 5-6 but many were 7-9 with severe pain. (Severe pain was 70 percent) and did use high doses for relief. They weren't stoned!
Q. "Your opinion about arrhythmia doesn't seem to be grounded in scientific research. What is your experience"?
A. I was a professor of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology for 25 years at major medical schools such as Georgetown, Ohio State, Medical College of Georgia, etc. I was also recruited by the University of London to train the first doctors in Tanzania for two years.
Q. "Where did you do your scientific research"?
A. At the medical schools above, etc., to read my scientific articles search, 'Atrial Fibrillation Leveque', 'Bretylium Leveque' and 'Guanethidine Leveque'.
Q. "Where did you go to college and medical school"?
A. I have a B S and M S from Oregon State University, an M S and PhD. from the University of Oregon Medical School and a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Desmoines School where I was a full-time Professor while I was a full-time student. I am the oldest graduate at 53 years!
Q. "You have made typing errors, who does your typing"?
A. The text of my right index and ring fingers were cut off when I was four-years old. I don't type. I have professional typists type for me. They make errors!!
Mister A., I suggest you be very careful about giving even constructive remarks to your professors. In their subjects, they are smarter than you (mostly) and they won't be as kind to you as I have been. If you are are really good, I'll see you on the faculty.
See: Apr-05-2008: Cardiac Arrhythmias and Marijuana - Dr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
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