A new study has stated that smoking increases a woman's risk of suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is characterized by severe pain due to narrowing of arteries in the extremities. It also increases the risk of heart attack or stroke by 4-5 times.
The study states that smoking increased the chances of PAD by 20 times. Quitting smoking did not eliminate the risk altogether. Women who quit smoking 20-years back were still at an elevated risk.
AdvertisementThese findings are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.