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For men under 50, the more cigarettes smoked, the higher the risk of stroke

Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked – and the number of cigarettes a day can move that risk up or down, according to new research.

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With the rise in younger stroke cases a recent American Heart Association blog post focused on the study findings that show an increased risk of stroke in younger men. 

“There was a clear-cut relationship between the number of cigarettes the men were smoking and their risk for stroke,” said Janina Markidan, the study’s lead author and a third-year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “For each subgroup, the risk went up. The more you smoke, the more you stroke.”

While the study did not show how long the participants had been smoking, it still showed that former smokers, defined by not having smoked in the last 30 days, had a risk of 42%. 

“There’s hope,” she said. “Our number one takeaway is the best you can do for yourself is to never smoke, but if you quit now there are benefits you will see soon after quitting. So, it’s worth it to quit, even if it’s something you’ve been doing for a long time.”

For full article and research visit heart.org blog here.

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