Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Smoking cessation increases cardiac health later in life (Israel)

Smoking cessation significantly increases cardiac health later in life, says a new study from Tel Aviv University. The research found that quitting smoking after a heart attack has about the same positive effect as other major interventions such as lipid-lowering agents like statins or more invasive procedures. "It's really the most broad and eye-opening study of its kind. Smoking really decreases your life expectancy after a heart attack. Those who have never smoked have a 43 percent lower risk of succumbing after a heart attack, compared to the persistent smoker," said Dr. Yariv Gerber of TAU's Sackler School of Medicine. The results of the study were reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology - DNA

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