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How injurious is smoking for people who had heart attack requiring triple bypass and tissue valve replacement?

66 year old man had heart attack at 59; required triple bypass and tissue valve replacement . He recovers, but resumed smoking. What is the likelihood of: 1) repeat heart attack; and/or 2) valve replacement. I recall Dr. saying, right after the surgery, that he would need another valve in 10 years . What are the odds? He is trying to quit smoking but still smokes.
Asked On : Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Smoking in this setting is the most dangerous and avoidable risk factor.
He can get a heart attack any time - the surprise is why it has not happened till now...
Tissue valves are subject to degenerative changes with time / and it has no direct relation to smoking...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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