Navigation Links
Smoking May Double Risk for Stroke
Date:10/3/2011

MONDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to people who don't smoke, smokers face twice the risk of stroke and they are likely to have that stroke nearly a decade sooner, a Canadian study finds.

But within two years of quitting smoking, the risk for stroke or heart disease drops to non-smoker levels, the researchers said.

"Stroke is preventable," said Dr. Mike Sharma, deputy director of the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), in a CSN news release. "This study highlights the sizable role smoking has on stroke. Quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, following a healthy diet and being physically active significantly reduce the risk of stroke."

In conducting the study, to be presented Monday at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Ottawa, researchers examined 982 stroke patients over roughly two years. The researchers found the average age of stroke victims who smoked was 58 -- nine years younger than the average age of the non-smokers.

Smoking causes atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque inside the blood vessels, and increases the risk of blood clots. The study's authors said smokers have double the risk of a stroke caused by a dislodged blood clot (ischemic stroke) and four times the risk of a stroke caused by a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) than people who don't smoke.

"The information from this study provides yet another important piece of evidence about the significance of helping people stop smoking," said study co-author Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, in the news release. "It also alerts the neurology community to the importance of addressing smoking in stroke patients."

The study also showed smoking increases the risk for complications from stroke and the likelihood of subsequent strokes. To prevent this from happening, the researchers said several initiatives are needed, including:

  • Limiting children's access to tobacco
  • Curbing the use of illegal tobacco products
  • Monitoring prices for tobacco products
  • Systematically helping smokers quit
  • Establishing an integrated smoking cessation unit within the health community

"It is critical for governments to continue to wage the battle against tobacco industry products," concluded Dr. Michael Hill, Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson, in the news release.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on the health effects of smoking.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, news release, Oct. 3, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Smoking causes stroke to occur
2. Campus Smoking Bans May Help College Students Quit
3. Study shows link between smoking and chronic pain in women
4. Quitting Smoking Could Give Memory a Boost
5. Exercise Ups Kids Quit-Smoking Success Rate
6. Quitting Smoking May Improve Personality, Study Suggests
7. MU study finds quitting smoking enhances personality change
8. Fewer U.S. Adults Smoking, CDC Says
9. Role of alcohol intake and smoking on upper aerodigestive cancers
10. Smoking Harder on Womens Arteries Than Mens, Scans Show
11. Smoking after menopause may increase sex hormone levels
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
 Smoking May Double Risk for Stroke
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Attorney Robert “RC” Pate , founder of The Law ... Triumph Over Kid Cancer foundation. Each year, 175,000 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancers. ... the effect of the critical funding gap for research into pediatric cancer research. From ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The CHP suggests that California drivers can avoid hydroplaning as ... and increasing the space between themselves and other vehicles, according to a January 3 ... R. Hassanlou notes that, rain or shine, drivers should always incorporate safe driving practices ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... The 21st Century Cures Act’s Impact ... Webinar**, Jan. 26, 2016 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, http://www.fdanews.com/21stcenturycures          ... Act in order to thrive this year? , The passage of the act means ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Infinity® Massage Chairs announced today ... implement new sales and marketing strategies. Grover comes with a total of 15 years ... a half years as Executive Vice President of Direct Sales at Traeger® Wood Pellet ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Fillers are known for ... people know that popular cosmetic fillers can enhance earlobes and rejuvenate ... director of the MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center, in Milford, Penn. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... Jan. 18, 2017  Kratom leaves, from a ... are often used to prepare tea-like beverages and ... million Americans annually to increase alertness, enhance well-being ... for minor aches and pains. PinneyAssociates, review of ... to assist FDA and DEA in determining the ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017  Dermata Therapeutics, LLC, ... to treat a variety of dermatological diseases, announces ... DMT210, in a Phase 2 acne rosacea study. ... downregulate the proinflammatory cytokines in the skin responsible ... rosacea. This clinical trial, DMT210-003, ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Suiza, 18 de enero de 2017  Hoy, ... lanzaron Access Accelerated, una iniciativa global para avanzar el ... y atención en países de renta baja y baja-media ... alcanzado un punto de crisis, particularmente en países de ... 80 por ciento de las muertes relacionadas con NCD. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: