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Many smokers keep puffing post heart attack

Many smokers keep puffing post heart attack

Published: 06 Oct 2010 07:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Oct 2010 07:27 GMT+02:00

“It’s serious that so many smoke one year after a heart attack. But we don’t want to lay the guilt on smokers,” Ulrica Klettner of the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation (Hjärt-lungfonden) told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

“These figures show that there is a lot of potential to increase care.”

One year after having a heart attack, 55 percent of smokers had kicked the habit, according to figures from the Heart-Lung Foundation.

But the statistics also show that patients’ ability to stay smoke-free differs greatly across the country.

In Enköping in central Sweden, only three of ten heart attack patients managed to quit smoking, while in Falu, nine out of ten smokers have given up the habit following a heart attack.

The differences may depend on patients’ income and education levels, but also how active hospitals work to help patients quit smoking.

At Falu general hospital, patients are offered the chance to attend “heart school”, which includes exercise and lectures. Patients who nevertheless drop out of “heart school”, are then offered various forms of individual support.

“One can be in the middle of a life crisis which makes it hard to tackle a smoking habit. Others just stick their heads in the sand,” Per Lennart Ågren, head of the cardiology clinic at Falu hospital, told the newspaper.

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15:04 October 6, 2010 by Sebastian_R
I pity smokers. Standing out there, freezing in the cold just to get their fix? Stinking like a rotten animal from their mouth? And spending a lot of money on a substance that kills them? Wow these guys really look like really sad creatures...

I mean what person in their right mind still smokes these days?
17:07 October 6, 2010 by Swedesmith
A truly digusting and insidious habit.
00:58 October 7, 2010 by silverpelican
I quit just like a snap of the finger after 50 years of smoking. Reason was that a leg artery, damaged in a sports accident, was being replaced and smokers don't graft well.

If the graft failed, amputation of most of my leg would be necessary.

I chose having two legs over smoking. That's the kind of choice that smokers ought to have to face. Keep smoking, donate a leg.
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