29 Nov '16, 11pm

Smoking increases risks of heart attacks eight-fold for younger adults: UK study

Smoking increases risks of heart attacks eight-fold for younger adults: UK study

(Reuters Health) - - For young adults who smoke, the risk of a major heart attack is eight times higher than for their peers who never smoked or who gave it up, a UK study found. Older adults who smoke are also more likely than non-smokers their age to end up with heart attacks, researchers say. Many people underestimate the health risks that come with smoking, said senior author Dr. Ever Grech, of the South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Center at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. "Many patients seem aware there are some risks of a heart attack with smoking, but they were blissfully unaware that the risks were anything more than slightly higher than usual," Grech told Reuters Health. Smoking has been tied to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems since the 1950s, Grech and his colleagues write in the journal Heart. Smokers have heart attacks at younger ages, but...

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