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October 26, 2012 People who are smokers at the time of their first stroke have a greater risk of another stroke, heart attack or death than those who never smoked, according to a study by Australian researchers. And those who quit smoking before their stroke had a lower risk than those who were still smoking when they had a stroke, the researchers noted.
“Smokers are more likely to do badly after a stroke,” said lead researcher Amanda Thrift, a professor of epidemiology at Monash University. Ex-smokers, however, fared much better, she said. “Stop smoking, because one of the things we showed is that people who gave up smoking had a much greater benefit than those who were still smoking,” Thrift said. “There are real benefits to be gained from giving up smoking.”
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