Smoking hits women harder than men

A new study has claimed that women who smoke have heart attacks at younger ages and are more likely than men to suffer complications months after a cardiac arrest.

According to the study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Centre, although fewer women than men smoke in the United States, the gender gap is decreasing, suggesting the toll of smoking is greater on the health of women.

`Smoking is not good for men or women but our analysis shows that women who smoke do worse six months after a heart attack than men,` Elizabeth Jackson, senior author of the study, said.

`We were not able to look at the basic biological mechanisms that would account for this, but other studies can give us some ideas.

`The ideologies of acute coronary syndrome may be different and the atherosclerotic burden greater for women,` she stated.

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Jackson and lead author of the study Michael Howe conducted a study to examine the smoking status of patients during and six months after an acute coronary syndrome event, such as a heart attack.

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