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Women smokers more at risk than men of hospitalisation with heart failure

18 March 2022

Women appear to be at more risk of hospitalisation when smoking following high-risk heart attacks, a study in the Journal of Women’s Health has found.

The research investigated the association of smoking with hospitalisations and death in women and elderly patients experiencing myocardial infarction (MI, more commonly known as a heart attack), complicated with left ventricular dysfunction or overt heart failure. According to researchers, the influence of smoking on morbidity differed according to sex following high-risk MI, with smoking significantly more associated with all-cause hospitalisations in women than in men.

The authors concluded that a person’s smoking status provides important information for risk prediction of patients experiencing a high-risk MI complicated with left ventricular dysfunction or overt heart failure. They added that their findings further reinforce the need for preventative strategies for women.

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