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Stay Away From Smoky Environments To Shield Your Heart

As per to a study, if a car or room is smoky, then stay away from it till it has cleared. That is the main message of the study presented at EuroHeartCare 2019, which is a scientific congress of the ESC. Professor Byung Jin Kim—from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul—said that avoid contact to secondhand smoke if there is smoke in the room. The study in non-smokers showed that the menace of hypertension (high blood pressure) is higher with a long period of passive smoking, but even the lowest quantities are dangerous. The passive smoking at work or home was associated with a 13% surged risk of hypertension. Staying with a smoker after age 20 was linked with a 15% higher risk. The encounter with passive smoking for 10 Years or more was associated with 17% amplified jeopardy of hypertension. Women and men were equally affected.

The participants having hypertension were majorly more possible to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work or home (27.9%) than those having normal blood pressure (22.6%). The hypertension was considerably more common in people encountered to passive smoke at work or home (7.2%) in comparison to no exposure (5.5%). Reportedly, high blood pressure is the major global reason for premature death—summing up for around 10 Million deaths in 2015—and those who are affected with it are warned to quit smoking.

Similarly, less awareness of heart failure amongst patients and the public is emphasized in reviews to be presented at Heart Failure 2019, which is the yearly congress of the HFA (Heart Failure Association) and a branch of the ESC (European Society of Cardiology). The study revealed myths related to heart failure: 1 in 5 members of the public stated patients must avoid exercise, whereas just half of the patients were aware that exercise could be a treatment for their disease. The HFA has planned to launch the Heart Failure Atlas, which shows disparities in treatment and prevention across ESC member nations.

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