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Research finds smokers who quit after a heart attack, improves their quality of life

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MADISON (WKOW) --- The American Heart Association found that smokers who quit smoking after a heart attack reduce chest pain and improve their quality of life.

According to the research, smokers who quit after having a heart attack had similar levels of chest pain and mental health as non-smokers.

In the study researchers looked at over 4,000 adults in heart attack patient registries and researched their lifestyles at admission, one, six, and 12 months after their heart attacks.

They found the following with continued smoking: 
 

  • Heart attack patients who never smoked had the best health status.
  • Those who stopped smoking before a heart attack were similar in health status to those who never smoked.
  • Smokers who quit within a year after a heart attack had intermediate levels of chest pain and mental health similar to those who never smoked. 
  • Those who continued to smoke after a heart attack had the worst health status of the four groups. At the one-year follow-up, persistent smokers had 1.5-fold higher odds of having chest pain compared to those who never smoked. Their assessment scores were 3.5 points lower for quality of life related to chest pain, 1.6 points lower for general physical functioning and 2.3 points lower for general mental health.?

“This information may offer current smokers increased motivation to quit smoking,” said Buchanan, who is also an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Medicine. 

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