stroke patients who smoke are at risk for more serious health problems.
australian researchers followed 15-hundred stroke patients for ten years.
those who smoked at the time of their stroke were 30-percent more likely than non-smokers to have another stroke, heart attack or die during that time.
ex-smokers had better results.
those who kicked the habit before their stroke were 23-percent less likely than current smokers to have poor health outcomes.
stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.