Passive smoking increases the risk of stroke

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German stroke help: risk of stroke from passive smoking

Increased risk of stroke also for passive smokers. At yesterday's World No Tobacco Day, experts across Germany informed about the various risks of tobacco use and the options for combating addiction. The German Stroke Aid Foundation in Gütersloh took the World No Tobacco Day as an opportunity to point out the increased risk of stroke from passive smokers.

Even the passively inhaled smoke from five cigarettes a day leads to a significant increase in the risk of stroke, reports the Foundation for German Stroke Aid in a message to yesterday's World No Tobacco Day. The experts estimate the number of strokes from passive smoking in Germany at around 1,800 per year. Children who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke also have a significantly increased risk (by 20 percent) of developing high blood pressure, the foundation continues. Smokers should therefore take care of themselves not to burden their fellow human beings and especially children with the cigarette smoke.

According to the German Stroke Aid Foundation, the main reason for the increased risk of stroke among passive smokers is the impairment of the blood vessels by the pollutants in tobacco smoke. "Smoking leads to direct damage to the inner wall of the vessel, which leads to deposits" (arteriosclerosis) and thrombosis can develop in the affected areas, the foundation reports in its press release. As a result of arteriosclerosis, blood pressure rises and blood flow decreases. As a result of the impairments, the risk of stroke is significantly higher for passive smokers than five cigarettes that are smoked in their environment every day than for people without passive smoking. 1,800 strokes are caused annually by passive smoking, many of which are fatal.

But the German Stroke Aid also has a positive message: If inhalation of tobacco smoke is consistently avoided, the risk of stroke decreases again. This applies to both passive smokers and active tobacco users. Over time, the sense of taste and smell returns, the blood pressure normalizes and the blood flow and the capacity of the lungs increase again, reports the German stroke help about the positive effects of quitting smoking. (fp)

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