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


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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?
Mar 13, 2014
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I've never heard of 15 years specifically. Was that an answer or just in one of the explanations?

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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