THOMAS J. BASSLER, M.D.
To the editor: The 2-year study by Luria and associates omits the most important factor in the survival of these cardiac patients-their smoking histories (Ann Intern Med 85:561-565, 1976). It would add to the value of the study to compare the smoking habits of the 110 survivors with the habits of the 27 who died of cardiac-related causes. Our own surveillance of rehabilitation programs suggests that smokers suffer a higher mortality than nonsmokers by a factor which may be as large as 300%.
BASSLER TJ. Smoking and Infarction Diagnosis. Ann Intern Med. ;86:365–366. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-3-365_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(3):365-366.
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