Heterogeneous associations between smoking and a wide range of initial presentations of cardiovascular disease in 1 937 360 people in England: lifetime risks and implications for risk prediction.


Pujades-Rodriguez, M; George, J; Shah, AD; Rapsomaniki, E; Denaxas, S; West, R; Smeeth, L; Timmis, A; Hemingway, H; (2014) Heterogeneous associations between smoking and a wide range of initial presentations of cardiovascular disease in 1 937 360 people in England: lifetime risks and implications for risk prediction. International journal of epidemiology. ISSN 0300-5771 DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyu218

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Abstract

It is not known how smoking affects the initial presentation of a wide range of chronic and acute cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), nor the extent to which associations are heterogeneous. We estimated the lifetime cumulative incidence of 12 CVD presentations, and examined associations with smoking and smoking cessation. Cohort study of 1.93 million people aged ≥30years, with no history of CVD, in 1997-2010. Individuals were drawn from linked electronic health records in England, covering primary care, hospitalizations, myocardial infarction (MI) registry and cause-specific mortality (the CALIBER programme). During 11.6 million person-years of follow-up, 114 859 people had an initial non-fatal or fatal CVD presentation. By age 90 years, current vs never smokers' lifetime risks varied from 0.4% vs 0.2% for subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), to 8.9% vs 2.6% for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Current smoking showed no association with cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death [hazard ratio (HR) = 1.04, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.91-1.19).The strength of association differed markedly according to disease type: stable angina (HR = 1.08, 95% CI 1.01-1.15),transient ischaemic attack (HR = 1.41, 95% CI 1.28-1.55), unstable angina (HR = 1.54, 95% CI 1.38-1.72), intracerebral haemorrhage (HR = 1.61, 95% CI 1.37-1.89), heart failure (HR = 1.62, 95% CI 1.47-1.79), ischaemic stroke (HR = 1.90, 95% CI 1.72-2.10), MI (HR = 2.32, 95% CI 2.20-2.45), SAH (HR = 2.70, 95% CI 2.27-3.21), PAD (HR = 5.16, 95% CI 4.80-5.54) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) (HR = 5.18, 95% CI 4.61-5.82). Population-attributable fractions were lower for women than men for unheralded coronary death, ischaemic stroke, PAD and AAA. Ten years after quitting smoking, the risks of PAD, AAA (in men) and unheralded coronary death remained increased (HR = 1.36, 1.47 and 2.74, respectively). The heterogeneous associations of smoking with different CVD presentations suggests different underlying mechanisms and have important implications for research, clinical screening and risk prediction.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 25416721
Web of Science ID: 350864200021
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2030938

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