25 July 2011

Smoking after heart attack ups risk

Italian researchers say that resuming smoking after a myocardial infarction can raise a patient's risk of dying.

After a myocardial infarction, quitting smoking may offer patient more benefits than any medication, but Italian researchers say the flip side is that resuming smoking after leaving the hospital can raise the same patient's risk of dying as much as five-fold.

Quitting smoking has a similar lifesaving effect for ACS patients as taking recommended drugs to lower blood pressure or cholesterol, added Dr Katz, who was not involved in the new study.


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