Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds

March 16, 2015 8:00 PM

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MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who continue to smoke after undergoing artery-opening procedures have a much higher long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than those who quit smoking or never smoked, a new study finds.

The study included nearly 1,800 people with severe coronary artery disease -- narrowing in two or more of their heart's arteries -- who had either angioplasty or bypass surgery.

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