Bleeding in the brain is a condition that is dangerous and can even lead to death or disability. Apparently bleeding in the brain was experienced by many smokers.
A new study warns that smoking greatly increases the risk of fatal bleeding in the brain caused by the rupture of a blood vessel or artery in the brain is called a burst aneurysm.
An aneurysm is a bulge in a weakened artery. If the aneurysm is ruptured then the blood leaks into the brain, the chances of someone survive from aneurysm rupture is about 50 percent and most patients have a lifelong disability.
In the new study, published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, researchers compared 426 people in South Korea who suffered a brain hemorrhage between the years 2002-2004 with the 426 people who did not.
After taking into account other factors such as weight, salt intake and family history of diabetes, researchers found that smokers almost 3 times more likely to suffer a brain hemorrhage than non-smokers.
Another thing that is obtained is the longer a person smokes and the more weight, the risk for bleeding in the brain is also growing.
Overall, if someone managed to quit smoking after 5 years or more then it helped to reduce the risk of brain hemorrhage by 59 percent. The results of this study suggest a link between smoking and the risk of brain hemorrhage, but do not prove cause and effect.
“Smoking can cause short-term effects such as thickening of the blood and increased blood pressure, both of which are known to increase the risk of brain penadrahan. Effect can be reversed by quitting smoking,” said Dr. Chi Kyung Kim of the department of neurology Seoul National University Hospital, as quoted by health24 , Monday (03/09/2012).
Moreover, the authors study also revealed smoking can cause permanent changes in the structure of the arterial wall, and this change will be greater in people who are heavy smokers.