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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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What is a subarachnoid haemorrhage?

  • A subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) occurs when a bulge in a weakened artery, called an aneurysm, bursts in the brain.
  • The chances of surviving are only about 50%, and victims who live often face a lifetime of disability.
  • Researchers in Korea investigated 426 cases of SAH between 2002 and 2004.
  • Patients were compared with a group of 426 people matched for age and sex who had not experienced a brain bleed.

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