Cardiac problems a major motivation to quit smoking, says study
According to World Health Organization (WHO) smoking causes nearly 10% of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and is only preceded by high blood pressure as the major cause of CVD.Updated: Sep 28, 2017 22:24 IST
About 68% smokers have quit smoking because of cardiovascular complications, revealed a study done by cardiologists from Mumbai on the occasion of World Heart Day.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) smoking causes nearly 10% of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and is only preceded by high blood pressure as the major cause of CVD.
Tobacco use is the leading single preventable cause of death worldwide, killing more than 7 million people each year. Its economic costs are also enormous, totalling more than US$ 1.4 trillion in health care costs and lost productivity.
Experts from the Asian Heart Institute studied 2,951 patients above the age of 18 in their Out-Patients Department (OPD) between February 2016 and August 2017.
“Probability of a heart disease multiplies with number of cigarettes and duration of smoking. If one smokes a pack of cigarettes a day, he or she is twice as likely to have a heart attack as compared to someone who doesn’t,” said Dr Ramakant Panda, vice-chairman and managing director of Asian Heart Institute while discussing the survey.
The survey looked at three patient groups, smokers with cardiac problems, smokers who are facing cardiac problems even after quitting and non-smokers with cardiac problems.
On their motivation to quit smoking 67.7% said they quit because it started affecting their health and were told by doctors to quit. 14.4% cigarette quitters didn’t want to smoke in front of their children and set a bad example.
Other reasons cited by 16.8% include mothers asking them to quit, not being affordable to smoke, or witnessing a kin or friend suffering due to their smoking habit.