Female smokers 25% more likely than men to develop coronary heart disease, suggesting toxins in cigarettes strongly affect certain physiological differences in women compared with men, study says
August 16, 2011
– Female smokers are 25% more likely than men to develop coronary heart disease, according to a study recently published in the Lancet, reported Spire Healthcare Ltd. on Aug. 15.
The research, which was done by medical scientists at the University of Michigan and John Hopkins University in Baltimore, concluded that physiological differences in women, as compared with men, are strongly affected by toxins found in cigarettes.
The risk factor in women versus men rose by 2% for each additional year of smoking, according to the data, which was compiled from 4 million patients and 67,000 coronary heart disease events, Spire Healthcare reported.
The research results should encourage health professionals to support efforts to stop people from smoking, said Rachel Huxley and Mark Woodward, who are both doctors, adding that the “female perspective in tobacco-control policies is crucial.”
The primary source of this article is Spire Healthcare Ltd., London, England, on Aug. 15, 2011.