Quit Smoking Lowers the Risk of Death Due To Heart Attacks
Date: 9th September 2013
A new study concludes that stop smoking can dramatically reduce the risk of death due to heart attacks and bring it down to the level of a never-smoker. Dr. James K. Min, the study researcher, reveals that the study showed that risk of heart attacks and death goes away with smoking cessation.
The study was carried out by researchers on the basis of data derived from 13,372 individuals from nine countries. All of them had participated in a study titled “Coronary CT Evaluation for Clinical Outcomes: An International Multicenter”. Among them, 7,344 people were identified as never-smokers, 3,175 were ex-smokers and 2,853 were active smokers.
As the study progressed, the researchers found that the risk of heart attacks or death due to heart attacks was same among ex-smokers and those who had never smoked. The researchers also found that active smokers have a double risk of heart attacks or death due to heart attacks than ex-smokers or never-smokers.
During the course of the study, the researchers discovered that the chance of having a narrowing or severe blockage in one or two main heart arteries was 1.5 times greater in people who were currently smoking or were addicted to smoking in the past. The researchers also found that the possibility of having a narrowing or severe blockage in all three main heart arteries was two times greater in people who were current smokers or who had smoked in the past.
The study was introduced at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2013.