A new study provided additional evidence on the threat of secondhand smoke. Researchers found that exposure to secondhand smoke was already an independent predictor of the prevalence of coronary artery plaque. It was found that the risk of developing diseased arteries increases as the duration and degree of exposure increases. Harvey S. Hecht, MD and colleagues reported online in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging that the overall prevalence of coronary artery plaque in those exposed to passive smoke was higher compared to the general public. Those with the highest amount of exposure have a 90% chance of having coronary plaque compared with […]Continue reading Secondhand Smoke Poses Highest Heart Disease Risk
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