Cigarettes and heart failure . . . and other storiesBMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1737 (Published 20 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1737
Cigarette smoking and heart failure
Almost all diseases are made worse by smoking cigarettes and heart failure is no exception. A longitudinal study from the US finds that risk of heart failure is roughly doubled in people who smoke. This is true both for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Although the risk fell in people who stopped smoking, it took decades to reach the level of non-smokers (J Am Coll Cardiol doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2022.03.377).
Managing unruptured intracranial aneurysms
A microsimulation model was used to compare costs and benefits of annual surveillance, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), of middle aged women diagnosed with an unruptured intracranial …