September 16, 2011

Stop Smoking Can be Easy If It's Got The Stroke

The study showed that brain damage from stroke can remove the dependence on the nature of cigarettes. According to research conducted by Prof. Rosa Suner University of Girona in Spain, not all smokers who had a stroke have such an effect. This effect appears only when a stroke occurs in the insular cortex, the part of the brain that regulates emotions. 

This is evidenced when Prof Suner observed 110 patients in the 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 decide 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 the 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. Patients who had planned to quit smoking since have not had a stroke had a 2 times greater chance of succeeding than those who have recently had 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, was quoted as saying by AP. The results of this study certainly do not advise smokers to have a stroke just prior to boost 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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