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Quitting smoking cuts heart attack and stroke risk in half, despite initial weight gain
Quitting smoking cuts heart attack and stroke risk in half, despite initial weight gain

(March 12, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Massachusetts – Quitting smoking halves the risk of heart attack and stroke, despite any weight gain experienced after cessation, according to a report published in JAMA. Researchers studied over 11,000 comprehensive medical exams dating back to the mid-1980s. Participants were categorized as never smokers, current smokers, long-term quitters or recent quitters at each visit up until the mid-2000s. Results showed that smokers, never smokers and long-term quitters only gained an average of 1-2 pounds between visits, while recent quitters would gain an average of 5-10 pounds. Despite this weight gain, the risk of suffering a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke was reduced by 50% in the first 6 years after quitting.

 
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