"Individuals who smoke are much more likely to have a heart attack, and will present with a heart attack a decade or more earlier. You could have a heart attack in the absence of other risk factors if you smoke."
"It's never too late to quit, and the benefits are very early. Even within a few days of stopping smoking, there is a reduction in (heart) risk. As time goes by, within one to two years much of that risk is gone for heart attacks. From a coronary risk standpoint, there is an immediate benefit and that continues to extend over time."
Which makes us think: Why do people smoke again?
Here are the findings:
Researchers led by Dr. Michael Howe from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor studied about 3,600 people who were hospitalized with a heart attack or unstable angina — pain caused by low blood flow to the heart that is often a precursor to a heart attack.
One-quarter of the patients were current smokers. And on average, they were younger with fewer health problems than non-smokers with heart trouble. Smokers were less likely to have other health problems that are linked to heart risks, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. That and their younger age explained why researchers also found that people who lit up were less likely to die in the six months following an attack than non-smokers.
Just quit smoking. Yeah, it's not that easy, but you made that bed when you decided to start (and you totally had the choice.). Save yourself.
And some money. Win win, and you don't smell gross!
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