Study: Quit smoking after heart attack to cut death risk

December 30, 2009 2:11:50 PM PST
Confirming that it really is never too late to quit smoking, a new study shows that heart attack survivors who kick the habit live longer than those who keep puffing away. The study, which followed more the 1,500 heart attack survivors, found those who quit smoking were 37 percent less likely to die during the study, which lasted 13 years.

And while quitting altogether was best, researchers say smokers who cut back after their heart attack also improved their outlook.

There is more on this research in this month's Journal of the American College of Cardiology.