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Cigarettes, Smoking Cessation and Risk for Heart Attack

by Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD
Posted: February 21

Summary:
It is well known that cessation of smoking in those who have sufered a heart attack reduces the chances of having heart attacks in the future. In a recent study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of Washington demonstrated that after a heart attack, smoking was associated with an incresed risk for the development of additional coronary events, namely unstable angina and other heart attacks. In persons who quit smoking after a heart attack, however, the risk declined to equal that of nonsmokers 3 years after cessation of smoking.

Reference:
Excerpt from the book: Everything Is Bad For Your Heart: The A to Z Guide, Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD. Magalhaes Scientific Press

Date of Article Publication:
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