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Life-years gained by smoking cessation after percutaneous coronary intervention
In a remarkable large prospective study conducted in the Netherlands, patients who underwent balloon angioplasty alone in the late 1980s were followed for a median of 19.5 years. Of the total 806 patients, 287 persistent smokers after percutaneous coronoary intervention (PCI) were compared to 210 patients who quit smoking after PCI. Those who quit had at least 2.1 years life-expectancy gained compared to persistent smokers. The findings of this study reinforce the notion that interventions can be an opportunity for behavior modifications that can translate into survival benefits.