Smoking cessation after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
Smoking is one of the most harmful habits for our health. This appears to be even more pronounced after a coronary intervention (PCI).
In a population-based retrospective cohort study involving 74,471 patients who underwent PCI, smokers had a nearly 20% higher rate of recurrent major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events compared with nonsmokers during a median follow-up period of 4 years.
A rather optimistic finding of this study, for smokers, is that in case of successful cessation after PCI there is a substantial reduction of risk which approximates the corresponding risk of non-smokers.
These findings amplify the importance of smoking cessation, especially after a coronary intervention.
European Heart Journal
Smoking and cardiovascular outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention: a Korean study
Eur Heart J 2023 Sep 26; YJ Ki, K Han, HS Kim, JK Han