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Smokers at risk of brain bleed

Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day almost triples the chances of suffering a potentially fatal brain haemorrhage, research has shown.

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Smokers 'are more likely to suffer from brain bleed'

Study participants who smoked were more likely to have suffered an SAH than non-smokers, scientists found. The more people smoked, the more at risk they were.

Smokers are more likely to suffer from SAH, say scientists Credit: PA/PA Wire

After adjusting for other factors such as salt intake, weight and family history of diabetes, smokers were on average 2.84 times more likely to have a brain haemorrhage as non-smokers.

Giving up tobacco for at least five years dramatically reduced the overall risk to 59%.

But people with a history of heavy smoking - defined as smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day - were still 2.3 times more likely to have an SAH than those who had never smoked.

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