Cardiovascular risk is greater for cancer patients who smoke

Lee H. et al. Smoking Habit Change after Cancer Diagnosis: Effect on Cardiovascular Risk. European Heart Journal, ehad 199. 1 June 2023. This research from a Korean database drew on over three hundred thousand subjects followed for up to five years from three tobacco use groups diagnosed with cancer (continuing smokers, initiators/relapsers, and quitters).

Compared with sustained non-smoking, the risk of cardiovascular events during follow-up was 86%, 51%, and 20% higher among continuing smokers, initiators/relapsers, and quitters. The findings were consistent for women and men, and when the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and cardiovascular death were analyzed separately.

Stephen Hamann

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