Navigation Links
Smoking After Stroke Triples Risk of Death Within Year: Study
Date:8/31/2012

FRIDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- People who don't kick their smoking habit after having a stroke have a threefold increased risk of death within a year, a new study warns.

The investigators also found that the sooner stroke survivors start smoking again, the greater their risk of death within one year.

In the study, Italian researchers looked at 921 patients who were regular smokers before they suffered an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain. All of the patients attended smoking-cessation counseling sessions while in the hospital and said they were motivated to remain smoke-free once they left the hospital.

No nicotine replacement therapy or other smoking cessation help was provided to the patients after they were discharged from the hospital.

The patients reported their smoking status at one, six and 12 months after leaving the hospital. By the end of the first year, 53 percent of them had resumed smoking. Older patients and women were most likely to begin smoking again, the study found.

Within one year, 89 patients had died. That works out to a one-year probability of death of 9.6 percent. After adjusting for a number of other factors, the researchers concluded that patients who resumed smoking were three times more likely to die than those who didn't begin smoking again.

The study was presented Tuesday at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting in Munich.

"It is well established that smoking increases the risk of having a stroke," study author Furio Colivicchi, from San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome, said in a society news release. "Quitting smoking after an acute ischemic stroke may be more effective than any medication in reducing the risk of further adverse events. However, on the other hand, our study shows that stroke patients resuming active smoking after leaving the hospital can raise their risk of dying by as much as threefold."

The sooner patients started smoking again, the greater their risk of death within a year. For example, those who resumed smoking within 10 days of leaving the hospital were five times more likely to die within a year than those who didn't resume smoking.

"The results of this study suggest that health-care providers should take smoking cessation interventions more seriously, as recommended treatments are not making their way into practice," Colivicchi said. "A successful program to help stroke patients quit smoking should take a comprehensive long-term approach, including individual counseling, post-discharge support and pharmacological treatment."

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.

While the study uncovered an association between smoking in stroke patients and death within one year, it did not prove a cause and effect relationship.

More information

The National Stroke Association offers a stroke recovery guide.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, news release, Aug. 28, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Anti-tobacco TV ads help adults stop smoking, study finds
2. Exercise helps smokers to quit smoking, to remain smoke-free and to reduce the risk of death
3. Small neural focus groups predict anti-smoking ad success
4. Some women may be genetically predisposed to smoking-related hot flashes
5. Friends Parents Can Sway Teens Odds for Drinking, Smoking
6. Fewer Young Americans Smoking, Survey Finds
7. Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women
8. Genetic marker may predict smoking quantity in African Americans
9. 5 percent of workers gave up smoking when the anti-tobacco law took effect
10. Vitamin C improves lung function in newborns of pregnant smoking women
11. States Use Only Fraction of Tobacco Revenues to Fight Smoking, Study Finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smoking After Stroke Triples Risk of Death Within Year: Study
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a ... the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who ... , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of ... Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and ... other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, affiliated ... Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. , ... most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He stands ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) sponsors Luke’s ... June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852. ... helping service members that have been wounded in battle and their families. Venture Construction ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- According to a new market research ... Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, ... Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global Forecasts to ... for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. This ... 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, growing at ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... HOUSTON , June 23, 2016  MedSource ... platform as its e-clinical software solution of choice.  ... the best possible value to their clients by ... nowEDC.  The preferred relationship establishes nowEDC as the ... pricing for MedSource,s full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long ...
(Date:6/23/2016)...  In a startling report released today, National Safety Council ... a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. ... states are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, ... Kentucky , New Mexico , ... the 28 failing states, three – Michigan , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: