Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

December 2, 2013

New study reveals new info about quitting smoking

A new study presented in November at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013 shows that smokers over the age of 65 may be able to lower their risk of heart disease to the level of those who have never smoked more quickly than previously believed.

The study, presented by Dr. Ali Ahmed, M.P.H., shows that older people who smoked less than 32 “pack years” and who gave up smoking 15 or less years before lowered their risks of developing heart failure or risking of heart failure, heart attacks and strokes to the same level as those who never smoked. Researchers had previously believed it would take at least 15 years for former smokers to reach that level.

In Ahmed’s study, the median length of time to reach the risk level of those who never smoked was eight years.

Ahmed, senior researcher and professor of cardiovascular disease at the University of Alabama’s at Birmingham’s School of Medicine, called the results “good news.”

“Now there’s a chance for even less of a waiting period to get a cleaner bill of cardiovascular health,” Ahmed said.

Dr. Moustafa Banna, cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne and Texas Health Physicians Group, said the study results did not surprise him.

“We all know that smoking is damaging to all organs, especially to the cardiovascular system. And we know that smokers can improve their health by quitting. This is, finally, just data confirming what we have expected for some time,” Banna said. “But seven, eight years is still a long time to wait to benefit from stopping smoking, so the best thing is to stop smoking sooner rather than later.”

The trick, though, is in quitting. And that’s not easy, even with all the options available now — both prescription and over the counter — to help smokers quit, Banna acknowledged.

Text Only
Local News
  • photo.JPG Thieves decide mailboxes should be returned to sender

    Cleburne police responded to 17 reports of stolen mailboxes on Monday and Tuesday night. Some were wrenched free while others were removed with their poles intact.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4206.JPG Kings, swings bound for city music venues

    Area music fans eager for a knees-up hootenanny have a choice between the king of rock ‘n’ roll, the swinging rhythms of old-time country or both this weekend.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive

    For nearly two years, cocoa prices have been on the rise. Finally, that's affecting the price you pay for a bar of chocolate - and there's reason to believe it's only the beginning.

    July 23, 2014

  • School districts: Technology motivates students

    As technology advances, school districts remain on the cutting edge to give students all they need to be successful in the future. However, some college professors are having trouble engaging students in the classroom with lectures when they’re using their laptops or tablets to surf the web, according to a Washington Post article.

    July 23, 2014

  • P1070231.JPG A resting place

    There’s no gravestone for Staff Sgt. Bryan Burgess in the city where he was born and raised. 

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1970373_217286675137972_2140445971_n.jpg Kim Hughes’ Randy Travis film to debut in Nov.

    Cranfills Gap resident Kim Hughes said her second feature film, “The Virtuoso,” should be ready to premiere around Thanksgiving. Several starring in the film in addition to other country musicians will play six shows beginning Aug. 30 to build up anticipation and interest in the film.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push

    Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut prices more aggressively during this year's back-to-school season and will add inventory to its online store as the chain battles retailers for student spending.

    July 22, 2014

  • 2013 Goatneck Bike Race 13 33.jpg Annual Tour de Goatneck bike race set for Saturday

    As cyclists at the Tour de France finish their race, cyclists from all over Texas will compete in Tour de Goatneck.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • image003.jpg Alvarado police seek robbery suspect

    Alvarado police are seeking help in locating a burglary suspect. On Wednesday unidentified person threw a rock through the window of Dollar General at 1070 U.S. 67. The person stole cash from the business.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Front page
Latest CTR Videos
Facebook
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter