November 15, 2011

Olmsted County, Minn.: Mayo study links smoking ban to drop in heart attacks


A new study shows the incidence of heart attack and sudden cardiac death was roughly cut in half among residents of Minnesota's Olmsted County after smoke-free ordinances took effect in workplaces over the past decade. The report from researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Olmsted's county seat - was presented Monday at a meeting of heart disease experts in Orlando. It adds emphasis to findings from earlier studies that also showed a link between smoking bans and reduced heart attacks, said Dr. Richard Hurt, director of Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center.

Pioneer Press, Chris Snowbeck,  11/15/11

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Tags: Cardiology, Nicotine Dependence Center

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