Quitting smoking after cardiovascular disease extends life by five years
30 November 2017
The chance of a next cardiovascular event is postponed by 10 years, on average.
This is the outcome of a study among almost 5000 patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, one third of whom continued smoking after, for instance, an initial heart attack, cerebral infarction or medical treatment. UMC Utrecht researcher Johanneke van den Berg is to obtain her doctorate with this study on Thursday.
Of the 4,673 patients who participated in the study, 33 percent smoked at the time of onset of cardiovascular disease. The average age of the patients was 61, and smokers were, on average, five years younger than the non-smokers when they presented with the first symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Two thirds of the smokers continued smoking after this first, life-threatening event. Another remarkable outcome of the study is that patients aged 70 and over who...