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Preoperative smoking cessation reduces risk of postoperative complications

Level 1: Likely reliable evidenceA recently published systematic review evaluated smoking cessation interventions in nine randomized trials with 1,194 patients undergoing planned surgery (Br J Surg. 2009;96:451-461). Although an overall meta-analysis was reported, the data are more accurately summarized by two subgroups. In one subgroup, two high-quality trials evaluated intensive smoking cessation interventions with four…

Imaging reveals swelling of the wall of the abdominal aorta.

Smoking propels aneurysm risk in women

Smoking raises the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm events nearly ninefold in postmenopausal women and negatively affects cognition in middle-aged adults

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