Research shows that thousands of smokers may die from a disease that they have no idea they even exist.
Smoking contributes to a number of fatal conditions, including cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease includes any disease that affects the heart or blood vessels, and may lead to events such as heart attacks or strokes.
At least 10 percent of women and 20 percent of men who smoke will eventually die of cardiovascular disease such as Heart attack or brain attack, to me published a study In the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The researchers found that while some may have known they had cardiovascular disease, many had no idea they had cardiovascular disease before it killed them.
The first “demonstration” of their illness was their death.
This was more likely to happen to people over 60 – 4.9 percent of female smokers, and 6.7 percent of male smokers.
But rates were still high for those in their 40s and 50s at 4.5 and 4.8 percent, respectively.
Even among young adults in their twenties and thirties, about 1.6/1.7% of smokers die suddenly of cardiovascular disease about which they had no prior warning.
The numbers were lower for non-smokers.
There were around 6.9 million smokers in the UK in 2019, suggesting that hundreds of thousands are falling victim to sudden death.
Statistics show that about 78,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases.
In their paper, the researchers concluded that those who light had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, “particularly when a fatal fatal event occurred as the first symptom,” compared to non-smokers.
They analyzed nine previously published studies using more than 106,000 US adults, each of whom were followed for up to 25 years.
It is well documented that harmful substances in tobacco can damage and narrow blood vessels.
Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling faint or nauseated, numbness in the legs, skin discoloration, and erectile dysfunction.
But often there are no signs, such as atherosclerosis, and a nonfatal heart attack or stroke is the first time someone is aware of their condition.
The longer a person smokes, the more cigarettes they smoke per day Risk of cardiovascular disease One of the leading causes of death and disability in the UK.
But researchers are concerned that the message isn’t clear enough, including for young adults who are rarely included in smokers’ health research.
Judith Prochaska, a professor of medicine and a tobacco researcher at Stanford University in California, said: daily health: “Smoking is by far the leading cause of lung cancer – if it weren’t for cigarette smoking, lung cancer would be a rare disease.
“While heart disease has many causes, only about one in five cases of heart disease is attributable to cigarette smoking.”
Dr. Prochaska said heart disease is the leading cause of death among smokers, but is not recognized as a “smoking disease” in the way lung cancer does.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Saadia Khan, associate professor and cardiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said: heart disease It is sometimes seen as something that doesn’t affect younger adults and is long away from it.
“These findings confirm that even short-term exposure to smoking can have negative consequences.”
But the researchers pointed out that it is not too late to quit cigarettes.
The risk of a heart attack is halved after only one year of a person stop smoking.
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