Impact of smoking and smoking cessation on arterial stiffness and aortic wave reflection in hypertension.

@article{Jatoi2007ImpactOS,
  title={Impact of smoking and smoking cessation on arterial stiffness and aortic wave reflection in hypertension.},
  author={Noor A. Jatoi and Paula Jerrard-Dunne and John Feely and Azra Mahmud},
  journal={Hypertension},
  year={2007},
  volume={49 5},
  pages={981-5}
}
Cigarette smoking is an important modifiable cardiovascular risk factor and pathophysiological mechanisms may include a stiff vascular tree. Although smokers have stiffer arteries, whether smoking cessation is associated with reduced arterial stiffness is not known. We compared never-treated patients with essential hypertension (n=554) aged 18 to 80 years (56% females) classified as current smokers (n=150), ex-smokers (n=136), and nonsmokers (n=268). Ex-smokers were categorized into <1 year, >1… CONTINUE READING

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