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BACKGROUND: Prior studies have found that smokers undergoing thrombolytic therapy for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction have lower in-hospital mortality than nonsmokers, a phenomenon called the "smoker's paradox." Evidence, however, has been conflicting regarding whether this paradoxical association persists in the era of primary percutaneous coronary intervention.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We used the 2003-2012 National Inpatient Sample databases to identify all patients aged ≥18 years who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Multivariable logistic regression was used to compare in-hospital mortality between smokers (current and former) and nonsmokers. Of the 985 174 patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention, 438 954 (44.6%) were smokers. Smokers were younger, were more often men, and were less likely to have traditional vascular risk factors than nonsmokers. Smokers had lower observed in-hospital mortality compared with nonsmokers (2.0% versus 5.9%; unadjusted odds ratio 0.32, 95% CI 0.31-0.33, P

CONCLUSIONS: In this nationwide cohort of patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, we observed significantly lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality in smokers, suggesting that the smoker's paradox also applies to ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention.

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Originally published in Journal of the American Heart Association. Licensed under CC-BY-NC 4.0. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.116.003370