Smoking 'powerfully' raises risk for STEMI in women under 50

But the effect seems to be rapidly reversible, says researcher

Women smokers aged under 50 are 13 times more likely to experience ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) than their non-smoker peers, a UK study shows.

Woman smoking

This makes them the group whose STEMI risk increases most when becoming a smoker, but their risks can be reduced within a month of quitting, according to results published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The researchers compared hospital data on 3343 STEMI patients attending the South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Centre between 2009 and 2014 with

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