DALLAS, Nov. 11 -- Almost three in five smokers who undergo surgery for heart disease continue to smoke after their procedure, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association's 71st Annual Scientific Sessions. "We were surprised by the finding that so many people continued to smoke after surgery," says presenting author Bonnie H. Weiner, M.D., professor of medicine and medical director, Center for Research in Invasive and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. Individuals in the study had undergone either angioplasty, a procedure to re-open blocked blood vessels, or coronary artery bypass surgery which uses artery or vein grafts to route blood around a blockage.
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