Smokers are up to 45% more likely to suffer from irregular heart beats, a new research suggests.
For every 10 cigarettes smoked a day, the risk of suffering from atrial fibrillation increases by 14 per cent, a study found today.
Atrial fibrillation is responsible for as many as 30 per cent of all life-threatening strokes.
How the research was carried out
The researchers analysed 29 studies carried out in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan.
The study review had a total of 677,785 participants, of which 39,282 suffered from atrial fibrillation.
Results further suggest that all smokers are 32 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.
While those who have ditched the habit still have a nine per cent higher risk.
According to Mail Online, previous research suggests smokers take in fewer calories, therefore obese people may start smoking to help them lose weight, the scientists add.
Alternatively, smokers may be more likely to have other unhealthy lifestyle habits that lead to obesity, such as a poor diet or being inactive.