Smoking Cessation Lowers Risk of Brain Bleed

By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: August 29, 2012

Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner

Smokers have nearly triple the likelihood of having a subarachnoid hemorrhage, but the risk for many individuals falls significantly 5 years after kicking the habit, a case-control study demonstrated.

The adjusted odds ratio for subarachnoid hemorrhage among individuals who currently smoked was 2.84 (95% CI 1.63 to 4.97) compared with those who had never smoked, according to Byung-Woo Yoon, MD, and colleagues from Seoul National University Hospital in Korea. [Read more…]