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Secondhand smoke exposure and survival following acute coronary syndrome: prospective cohort study of 1261 consecutive admissions among never-smokers

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Pell J, Haw S, Cobbe SM, Newby DE, Pell ACH, Fischbacher C, Pringle SD, Murdoch D, Dunn F, Oldroyd KG, MacIntyre PD, O'Rourke B & Borland W (2009) Secondhand smoke exposure and survival following acute coronary syndrome: prospective cohort study of 1261 consecutive admissions among never-smokers. Heart, 95 (17), pp. 1415-1418. https://doi.org/10.1136/hrt.2009.171702

Abstract
OBJECTIVE To determine whether exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with early prognosis following acute coronary syndrome. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS We interviewed consecutive patients admitted to nine Scottish hospitals over 23 months. Information was obtained, via questionnaire, on age, sex, smoking status, postcode of residence and admission serum cotinine concentration was measured. Follow-up data were obtained from routine hospital admission and death databases. RESULTS Of the 5815 participants, 1261 were never-smokers. Within 30 days, 50 (4%) had died and 35 (3%) had a non-fatal myocardial infarction. All-cause deaths increased from 10 (2.1%) in those with cotinine < or =0.1 ng/ml to 22 (7.5%) in those with cotinine >0.9 ng/ml (chi(2) test for trend p<0.001). This persisted after adjustment for potential confounders (cotinine >0.9 ng/ml: adjusted OR 4.80, 95% CI 1.95 to 11.83, p = 0.003). The same dose response was observed for cardiovascular deaths and death or myocardial infarction. CONCLUSIONS Secondhand smoke exposure is associated with worse early prognosis following acute coronary syndrome. Non-smokers need to be protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

Journal
Heart: Volume 95, Issue 17

StatusPublished
Publication date30/09/2009
PublisherBMJ Publishing Group
ISSN1355-6037

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