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Europeans Continue to Smoke Despite Heart Problems
Despite anti-smoking campaigns and physicians' recommendations, many European smokers who have suffered a heart attack, had bypass surgery, or experienced other serious heart problems continue to smoke, the Associated Press reported Aug. 30.
The study by researchers at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, found that more than half of the European smokers who needed to quit smoking may not have had the resources to do so. For instance, the research found that smoking-cessation programs are not available in many cardiovascular clinics. Furthermore, in some instances doctors only told patients to stop smoking, without providing them with additional help.
"We are disappointed because people are not stopping smoking, but how effectively are they advised to give up smoking?" said Dr. Jaakko Tuomilehto, a public-health expert at the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, Finland. "It is an addictive state, and these poor people are not receiving the right treatment. They would like to stop, but they need better help."
For the study, researchers interviewed 5,551 people in 15 European countries who suffered a heart attack or who underwent either open-heart surgery to bypass clogged arteries or balloon angioplasty. Participants were asked about their smoking behavior and given a carbon-monoxide breath test to verify their responses.
The study found that 40 percent of the patients were smoking before they had their heart problem, and 52 percent of those people continued to smoke after they had recovered. The smoking continued even though 88 percent of the participants in the study were advised to quit.
"Preventive cardiology regarding smoking cessation has not been improved," the study concluded. "A considerable and increasing proportion of patients with coronary heart disease continues smoking, despite advice from their physicians to quit."
The study also concluded that there is a need for better smoking-cessation programs.
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