As you may know, smoking is an important risk factor for having a heart attack or stroke. Additionally, stopping smoking after a heart attack or stroke can reduce the risk of having another one. However, we currently do not know how much stopping smoking reduces the risk and how quickly people will benefit from stopping smoking. This information could help motivate people to stop smoking after their heart attack or stroke. Equally importantly, this information could help motivate doctors to offer treatment to people who smoke. We know that stop smoking medication and support from a stop smoking advisor can boost success rates. Still, most people who smoke are not offered this kind of help.
We are currently developing a research project that looks at the impact of quitting smoking and the decreasing risk of having a second heart attack or stroke. We would like people to read our plain English summary and if they wish, the project protocol to make sure they are relevant and understandable. If you have experienced cardiovascular disease, currently smoke or have ever smoked, we ask you to please share your thoughts with us.
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Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford