Even light smoking raises sudden cardiac death risk among women

12/11/2012 | Nurse.com · WebMD

Light-to-moderate cigarette smoking was associated with nearly double the risk of sudden cardiac death among women, with long-term smokers at greater risk, data from the Nurses' Health Study revealed. However, smoking cessation helped women with heart disease lower their risk of sudden cardiac death to mirror that of a nonsmoker within 20 years, researchers reported in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

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