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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Quitting Smoking Could If It's Got Easier Stroke

Some people always fail when trying to quit smoking by reason of his brain did not want to deal with. But do not worry, the study showed that brain damage due to stroke could erase characteristics dependence on cigarettes.

According to research conducted by Prof. Rosa Suner University of Girona in Spain, not all smokers who had a stroke suffered such effects. This effect appears only if the stroke occurs in the insular cortex, the part of the brain that regulates emotions.

This is evidenced when Prof. Suner observed 110 patients in Josep Trueta Hospital with a history of stroke as a current smoker. Together with his team, Prof. Suner observe the patient from being treated up to 1 year after discharge from hospital.

By the time the patient leaves the hospital, the researchers reported that there were 76 patients who decided to quit smoking. But at the end of the study or about 1 year later, only 44 to successfully defend his cigarette-free status.

Prof. Suner found differences in patterns of stroke in patients who successfully quit smoking, compared with a failure. According to him, the opportunity to successfully quit smoking 2 times greater if a stroke suffered in the insular cortex.

In addition to the location of stroke, the initial motivation of the patient also determine the success of smoking cessation efforts. Patients who had planned to quit smoking ever since have not had a stroke have a chance 2 times more likely to succeed than those who just have a plan after a stroke.

"We conclude, biological and psychological factors can affect a person's smoking status after a stroke," said Prof. Suner in a report published recently in the journal Stroke, as quoted from HealthDay, Friday (11/04/2011).

The results of this study certainly do not recommend that smokers had a stroke to advance only to increase the success of the intention to quit smoking. If you still have the option to quit smoking now, what's the first stroke will have to wait?

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