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Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty – a heart blood vessel-opening procedure – have better outcomes, a new study finds. Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers reported. "It's a no-brainer. Stopping smoking seems like a relatively easy way to increase your chances of getting the best outcomes from angioplasty," said senior author and cardiologist Dr. John Spertus, clinical director of outcomes research at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City. The researchers followed more than 2,700 adults who underwent angioplasty for either a heart attack or chest pain. One year after the procedure, 21 percent of those who quit smoking when they had angioplasty had chest pain, compared with 31 percent of those who kept smoking, and 19 percent of those who never smoked or quit smoking ... Read more

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