Thursday 30 November 2017
Smokers suffering from cardiovascular disease who quit smoking extend their life by an average of five years. Moreover, the chance of a next cardiovascular event is postponed by 10 years, on average. This is the outcome of a study among almost 5000 patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, one third of whom continued smoking after, for instance, an initial heart attack, cerebral infarction or medical treatment. UMC Utrecht researcher Johanneke van den Berg is to obtain her doctorate with this study on Thursday.