Smoking may increase heart failure risk among African Americans

Nearly three times more likely among current smokers; Three-and-a-half times more likely among current smokers who smoked a pack or more a day; and Twice as likely among those with a smoking history equivalent to smoking a pack a day for 15 years. Researchers also found a link between current smoking and a larger left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber, which showed early signs that the left ventricle was not working properly. Hall said these changes in the left ventricle’s structure and function likely put a person at greater risk of developing heart failure. Importantly, researchers did not find...

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