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Secondhand smoke increases children's risks of irregular heartbeats by 18% for every pack of cigarettes their parents use a day

Children of parents who smoke are at much greater risk of suffering from an irregular heartbeat later in life, warns a new study.  Irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder and raises the risks of stroke.  The link between AF and smoking is well established, but the new study suggests a strong connection between secondhand smoke and the condition as well.  Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that every pack of cigarettes a child's parents smoked a day increased their AF risk by 18 percent.   Read more....

 

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