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Young-smoker heart shock

Posted - Aug. 25, 2004 at 9:20 a.m.



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People under the age of 40 are five times more likely to suffer a heart attack if they smoke, a study reveals.

The finding, based on World Health Organization records, blows away the long-held notion that only older, longtime smokers are at risk of developing heart disease.

Researchers found that four-fifths of 35-to-39- year-old heart-attack victims in a multinational group were smokers, with men nearly five times as likely to have a nonfatal heart attack as their nonsmoking peers.

The impact was more devastating for female smokers in the same age bracket. They were more than five times as likely to have a heart attack.

Post Wire Services

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