Interventions to aid smoking cessation post-myocardial infarction

Br J Cardiol 2003;10:169-71 Leave a comment
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Interventions to aid smoking cessation post-myocardial infarction Celine Adams Smoking kills. Almost a fifth (19%) of all coronary heart disease deaths in the UK are attributable to smoking.1 Many of these could be prevented. Smoking cessation significantly decreases mortality and – in the setting of myocardial infarction – this reduction is estimated at 35%.2 Smoking cessation is also cost effective with interventions in the UK ranging from £212 to £873 per life year gained.3 But in the setting of unstable cardiovascular disease, safe and efficacious methods of helping patients to stop smoking are yet to be demonstrated.








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