Chronic effect of smoking on platelet count and "platelet adhesiveness" in presumably healthy middle-aged men.


In 386 men aged 40-49 years the number of platelets was related to differences in smoking habits. "Platelet adhesiveness" (retention) was estimated by a glass bead filter method in 376 of these men. The estimation of "adhesiveness" was performed in native blood without anticoagulants at least 12 hr after the last cigarette smoked. A small but statistically… (More)