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Nicotine patch therapy safer than smoking for heart disease patients, study suggests.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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NICOTINE PATCHES SAFER THAN SMOKING FOR HEART DISEASE PATIENTS despite the fact that patch use results in higher serum nicotine levels than smoking, John Mahmarian, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, et al., conclude in a study in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study, funded by Nicoderm manufacturer Hoechst Marion Roussel, found that in 36 coronary artery disease sufferers with reversible perfusion defect, use of a 14 mg or higher nicotine patch to replace smoking reduced the size of the perfusion defect, increased duration of exercise during treadmill tests and minimized the areas of the heart afflicted with ischemia.
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