People who smoke have a higher risk of heart failure.
This was revealed in a medical study conducted in the United States.
Research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that smokers are twice as likely to develop heart failure as those who stay away from the addiction.
The study looked at the relationship between smoking and different types of heart failure.
For this purpose, the medical records of 9,000 people belonging to the United States were examined.
Research has found that even if people quit smoking, their risk of heart failure remains high for decades.
The researchers said that these findings show the importance of staying away from smoking.
Heart failure is a disease in which the heart is unable to pump blood according to the needs of the body, which increases the risk of various complications and death.
Other factors that increase the risk of heart failure other than smoking include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
The study looked at the health of people whose data had been examined for 13 years, during which time 1,215 out of 9,000 were diagnosed with heart failure.
Researchers have found that smokers are 2.28 times more likely to have heart failure.
He said that the more cigarettes used daily, the greater the risk of heart failure.
He said that when the data of people who had quit smoking for many years were examined, it was discovered that the risk of heart failure is also very high in them.
However, more than 30 years after quitting smoking, the risk is equal to the average person.
The findings were published in the medical journal Journal of the American College of Cardiology.