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01 September 2011

Smoking hard on women's arteries

A study found that a lifetime of smoking was associated with thickening of the arterial walls (atherosclerosis) in both genders, but the impact in women was more than double that seen in men.

Smoking causes more arterial damage in women than in men, a new study finds. Researchers used ultrasound to assess the carotid arteries (neck arteries that carry blood to the brain) in 1,893 women and 1,694 men in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Italy.

The investigators also found that the effect that the number of cigarettes smoked per day had on progression of atherosclerosis was more than fivefold greater in women than in men.

Women who smoke and their hearts

 

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