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Study links passive smoking and coronary blood flow

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7307.252/f (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:252
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Even transient, short term exposure to environmental smoke significantly reduces coronary blood flow in healthy, young non-smokers, a new study has reported.

    The research supports arguments that passive smoke is dangerous and a risk factor for ischaemic heart disease; on the basis of epidemiological studies, the American Lung Association has already estimated that passive smoking is responsible for 35 000 to 50 000 cardiovascular deaths a year.

    Dr Hiroyuki …

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