Quitting Smoking post-angioplasty leads to Longer life

Quitting Smoking post-angioplasty leads to Longer life

People who quit smoking after a ballon angioplasty to improve blood flow to the heart live an average of two years longer than those who keep smoking, a new study suggests. Researchers found people who were undergoing balloon angioplasty in their 50s, on average, and quit smoking within one year after the procedure lived another 18.5 years. In contrast, those who continued to smoke lived about 16.4 years , on average, after angioplasty. "most smokers start smoking in their youth and have a smoking history of 40-50 years, said Ron Van Domburg, the senior author of the paper and a clinical epidemiologist at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. "Most patients think it is too late to quit smoking, but the major message of our study is that it is never too late to stop smoking". Ayurveda too has always advocated on the need of quitting smoking for a healthier lifestyle. As reported in IE on Aug 3, 2013