Navigation Links
Intense Cessation Treatment Proves Successful in High-Risk Smokers

Hospitalized patients who undergo structured treatment to quit smoking are significantly more likely to remain// smoke-free, says a new study. A new research suggests that high-risk smokers with acute cardiovascular disease are more likely to quit smoking when treated with an intensive smoking cessation program.

“Smoking is the greatest risk factor for patients with heart disease,” said author Syed M. Mohiuddin, MD, FCCP, Creighton University Cardiac Center, Omaha, NE, “and our study showed that intense treatment intervention not only succeeded in getting patients to quit smoking, but it reduced hospitalizations and mortality, as well.”

From January 2001 to December 2002, Dr. Mohiuddin and colleagues gathered 209 patients who were admitted to the coronary care unit at the Creighton University Cardiac Center, suffering from unstable angina, heart attack, or severe coronary heart disease. All of the patients were self-identified smokers and agreed to undergo smoking cessation intervention. Patients were then randomized into two groups: the intensive intervention group (109) and the usual care group (100).

Prior to hospital discharge, all patients received approximately 30 minutes of counseling and were given self-help materials. Treatment in the intervention group also included a minimum 12 weeks of behavior modification counseling, coupled with individualized pharmacotherapy. This included nicotine replacement therapy and/or bupropion at no cost to the patient. However, patients in the usual care group did not receive anything beyond the initial inpatient counseling session.

“The intensive component of tobacco cessation therapy was started while patients were hospitalized but continued after release,” said Dr. Mohiuddin, “making the outpatient portion of this program the most significant element.”

All participants returned at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months, during which follow-up medical histories and expired c arbon monoxide levels were obtained. Patients who reported having not smoked during the previous evaluation period and who were confirmed by a negative expired carbon monoxide were classified as “abstinent.” Those patients who were confirmed as not smoking by their expired carbon monoxide at every visit were classified as “continuously abstinent.”

Compared with the usual care group, patients in the intensive treatment group had significantly higher quit rates at all follow-up time intervals. At the two-year follow-up, 39 percent of the intensive treatment group was continuously abstinent, compared with only 9 percent of the usual care group. Additionally, treatment was shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by nearly half. Researchers also found that those in the control group were four times as likely to die than were patients in the intervention group.

“Cessation of smoking results in an almost immediate improvement in the risk of heart attack,” said Dr. Mohiuddin, “and our study proves that intense smoking cessation treatment in high-risk patients is successful and that it saves lives.”

“Smoking clearly links patients with cardiovascular disease to adverse outcomes,” said Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. “It's never too late to quit smoking and all patients who smoke should work with their doctors to find the quit method that works best for them.”

Souce-Newswise
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Intense Fight Against Polio In India Gets Results
2. Drinkers Intensed to get Drunk
3. Anticipation Could Have An Intense Effect On Memory
4. Yearning -the Most Intense Emotion in Bereavement
5. Direct To Home: Television Provides Powerful Fillip to Smoking Cessation Campaigns.
6. Smoking Cessation Would Be Beneficial For the Recovery of Alcoholics
7. Smoking Ban Lights Up Smoking-Cessation Initiatives
8. Cessation of blood supply to cancer cells may curtail spread, novel research
9. Is Nicotine Lozenge A Safe Smoking Cessation Product?
10. Teen Smoking Cessation Programs Improve Quit Rates
11. Smoking Cessation Therapy May be Harmful for ICU Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media ... Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice ... X users can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently ... of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada ... become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by ... to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from ... the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. ... his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in ... to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy ... of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies ... with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a ... "value" of new medicines. The recommendations address ... not appear on the drug label, a prohibition that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... Tests" report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the ... analysis in the report includes the following: ... Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: