Thousands of smokers die of diseases they are unaware of.
THOUSANDS of smokers may be dying of a disease they are unaware of, according to new research.
Smoking causes a variety of fatal diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
Any illness of the heart or blood vessels is classified as cardiovascular disease (CVD), and it can result in heart attacks or strokes.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, at least 10% of women and 20% of men who smoke will die of a CVD event such as a heart attack or stroke.
While some people may have known they had CVD before it killed them, the researchers discovered that many people did not.
The death of their parents was the first “symptom” of their illness.
People over the age of 60 were the most likely to experience this, with 4.9 percent of female smokers and 6.7 percent of male smokers experiencing this.
However, the rates for those in their 40s and 50s remained high, at 4.5 and 4.8 percent, respectively.
Even among young people in their 20s and 30s, 1.61.7 percent of smokers die unexpectedly from a CVD event for which they had no warning.
People who did not smoke had lower statistics.
In 2019, there were approximately 6.9 million smokers in the United Kingdom, implying that hundreds of thousands are dying suddenly.
According to statistics, approximately 78,000 people die each year as a result of smoking-related illnesses.
In their paper, the researchers found that smokers have a higher risk of CVD disease than non-smokers, “especially on the occurrence of a fatal CVD event as first presentation.”
They looked at nine previously published studies that included over 106,000 adults in the United States who were followed for up to 25 years.
Tobacco’s harmful chemicals have long been known to cause blood vessel damage and narrowing.
This can lead to atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and peripheral arterial disease, all of which are examples of cardiovascular disease.
Chest pain, shortness of breath, faintness or nauseous feelings, numbness in the legs, skin color changes, and erectile dysfunction are all possible symptoms.
However, in some cases, such as with atherosclerosis, there are no warning signs, and a non-fatal heart attack or stroke is the first time someone becomes aware of their condition.
The longer someone smokes and the more cigarettes they smoke per day, the greater their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the UK.
However, researchers are concerned that the message isn’t clear enough, particularly for young people, who are rarely included in studies on the health effects of smoking.
Judith Prochaska, Ph.D.,…
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