Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that smokers are more likely to die from a heart attack, heart failure or stroke than because of lung cancer.
Most people are aware of the risk of developing lung cancer associated with smoking, but many smokers are unaware that death from vascular disease is more likely than death from lung cancer.
– says prof. Sadiya Khan, lead author of the work.
This is the first study to show the described relationship, the researchers note.
This is important because in the US, one in five people still use tobacco. This percentage may have increased due to the pandemic.
– points out prof. Khan.
The authors of the analysis took into account data from several dozen years of observations of various groups of people of different ages, free from cardiovascular diseases at the beginning of the study. In total, it covered over 100 thousand. people.
One of the most important conclusions is that the first sign of cardiovascular disease in those who smoke is likely to be fatal. Smoking is more likely to kill the smoker through heart disease before someone knows they have the disease.
– warns the researcher.
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The analysis also showed that over 50 percent. people aged 40-59 who smoke will develop cardiovascular disease and they are 1.8 percent. more at risk of mortality heart attack, stroke or heart failure appearing without warning.
Young people smoking they were twice as likely to suffer from a fatal cardiovascular event with no prior symptomsthan non-smokers. Smoking was associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases at an earlier age and shortened life expectancy by an average of 4-5 years.
This is particularly important for public health, as our study included young people aged 20 and over and covered several dozen years of follow-up. Our study highlights the importance of quitting smoking aid, which is the number one avoidable cause of death in the United States.
– emphasizes prof. Ranya Sweis, co-author of the publication.
In the world smoking kills 7 million people each year. In Poland, 70,000 die every year due to various diseases caused by smoking. people. It is also worth remembering that passive smoking is also harmful.
Source: niezalezna.pl, PAP