Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Smoking

The arterial damage caused by smoking need not be permanent

True or False: If you quit smoking right now, the risk of developing coronary artery disease begins to decline immediately. After ten years of tobacco abstinence, the ex-smoker has a risk virtually identical to that of the person who never smoked.

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  • True
  • False

Answer: True

In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say:

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The arterial damage caused by smoking need not be permanent. We have talked to some smokers who have said, “I have smoked for thirty years. Why should I quit now?” Our answer is that quitting now reduces your risk of heart disease and limits damage to your lungs and other organs. It is never too late to quit.

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