Why Surgery and Cigarettes Don’t Mix (Infographic)

77 is today's health number

Studies show that smokers have a 77% greater risk of heart attack after surgery than nonsmokers.

If you’re a smoker scheduled for surgery, it makes sense to stop. Smoking puts you at a higher risk for postoperative heart attacks, blood clots, pneumonia and even death.

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The good news? Studies have found that former smokers who quit at least a year before surgery had no increased risk of death compared to nonsmokers. So even if you’re a smoker who has had challenges quitting, it’s worth the effort!

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Studies show that smokers have a 77% greater risk of heart attack after surgery than nonsmokers.

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