Applying therapeutic options in cardiology practice to help smokers quit
Fényes Márta, Cselkó Zsuzsa
Dohányzás Leszokást Támogató Módszertani Központ, Budapest Országos Korányi Pulmonológiai Intézet, Budapest
The role of smoking in the development and the prognosis of cardiovascular disease had been clearly demonstrated. During cardiology specialist care and rehabilitation, the secondary prevention and targeted treatment of patients’ risk factors is a daily therapeutic routine in the line of specialist and assistant tasks. Organized support for smoking cessation is strongly recommended in the context of cardiology specialist care and rehabilitation for both high-risk population and those who had experienced a cardiac event or smokers with a chronic heart disease. Up-to-date and personalized physician’s advice on quitting smoking significantly increases the willingness to quit. For those who are motivated to quit, the success of the quit attempt is enhanced by combining the required level of counseling with personalized pharmacotherapy.