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Smoking Puts Blacks at Higher Risk for Heart Failure

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 — Smoking may significantly increase black Americans’ risk of heart failure, a new study warns.
The study included 4,129 black participants who were followed for a median of eight years. Half were followed for a shorter time, half for a longer period. Their average age: 54.
When the study began, none had heart failure or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart failure. During the study period, there were 147 hospitalizations for heart failure.
Compared to those who never smoked, smokers had triple the risk of hospitalization for heart failure. That risk was 3.5 times higher for those who currently smoked a pack or more a day. And it was twice as high among those with a history equivalent to smoking a pack a day for 15 years.
The researchers also…
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