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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Early Heart Disease, Study Finds
Date:3/7/2013

ms to independently predict both the likelihood and extent of [calcification]," Hecht added.

The findings provide yet more evidence of the need for enforceable public smoking bans and other measures to protect people from secondhand smoke, he said.

"Tobacco smoke can damage the coronary arteries of nonsmokers through many different ways, which can lead to plaque formation and then to heart attacks, so this lends more [credence] to enforcing smoking bans," Hecht noted in the news release.

To aid prevention of heart disease, discussion of secondhand smoke exposure should be included as a routine part of medical exams, he suggested.

While the study found an association between exposure to secondhand smoke and calcium build up in coronary arteries, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about secondhand smoke.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American College of Cardiology, news release, March 7, 2013


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