Smoking after coronary artery bypass: high three-year mortality

Grace M. Lindsay, Elizabeth P. Tolmie, W.M. Martin, I. M. Hutton, Philip R. Belcher

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Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is carried out for prognosis and symptomatic relief. Smoking is associated with increased postoperative complications, although its precise influence on long-term survival is unclear. We examined the influence of smoking and other risk factors on survival and myocardial ischaemia seven years after CABG. 208 patients underwent elective CABG; 25 % were persistent smokers. 165 were alive at seven years. 128 (78 % of survivors) agreed to reexamination and 79 had thallium scans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalThoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009


  • cardiology
  • coronary artery bypass grafting
  • smoking
  • heart surgery


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