Smoking harder on women's arteries than men's

August 31, 2011 2:00:41 PM PDT
Smoking is apparently harder on women's arteries than men's, according to a new study that determined a lifetime of smoking was associated with thickening of the arterial walls in both genders

But the impact in women was more than double that seen in men.

The reasons are still unknown.

But experts say some hints may come from the complex interplay between smoke, inflammation and atherosclerosis.

The findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Meeting in Paris.