Short-term preoperative smoking abstinence

M. E. Anderson, Kumar G Belani

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Smoking produces some potentially reversible effects that may be relevant to perioperative morbidity. Although the reversal of many effects requires long-term (weeks to months) smoking cessation, a short abstinence period (12 to 72 hours) is sufficient to normalize several important cardiovascular parameters. The physiology of carbon monoxide elimination is the basis for recommending a specific smoke-free interval in the immediate preoperative period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1191-1194
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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