Smoking as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (after you quit)

Discussion in 'Step II' started by ChessMaster3000, 09.20.14.

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  1. ChessMaster3000

    ChessMaster3000 5+ Year Member

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    So I came across a UW question that stated essentially, once a patient stops smoking, it takes 15 years before smoking is no longer considered a risk factor for them. I have not been able to corroborate this anywhere on the internet, and it is certainly not a part of the atp3 guidelines. Has anyone heard this before outside of UW?
     
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    I've never heard of 15 years specifically. Was that an answer or just in one of the explanations?
     
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    Cytarabine 2+ Year Member

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    I've heard 15 years, both from UW and from attendings. Have also read in UW though that the risk of bladder cancer is increased 20+ years out.
     
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  5. ChessMaster3000

    ChessMaster3000 5+ Year Member

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    That was an answer. I'm sure it's true, but not sure it is testable.
     

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