Little is known regarding the impact of cumulative smoking exposure and smoking cessation on subclinical degenerative aortic valve (DAV) disease.
We examined associations of smoking status, cigarette-years of smoking, and years since quitting smoking with subclinical DAV disease defined by echocardiography.
Of 756 apparently healthy male workers, 154 had DAV including 63 with DAV with ≥2 leaflets calcification (DAV ≥2 cal). Compared with never smokers, ever smokers had higher risk of DAV and DAV ≥2 cal; odds ratios (95% CI) were 2.883 (1.800-4.618) (p<0.001) and 5.281 (2.297-12.138) (p<0.001), respectively. Both current and former smokers had dose-dependent relationships of cigarette-years on DAV and DAV ≥2 cal (P for trend, <0.001 for both DAV, in both smokers). In current smokers with >400-≤800 and with >800 cigarette-years, odds ratios (95%CIs) were 3.201 (1.690-6.063) (p<0.001) and 5.326 (2.800-10.053) (p<0.001) for DAV, 7.460 (2.828-19.680) (p<0.001) and 8.397 (3.146-22.414) (p<0.001) for DAV ≥2 cal, respectively. In former smokers with >800 cigarette-years, odds ratios (95%CI) were 3.780 (1.970-7.254) (p<0.001) for DAV, 10.035 (3.801-26.496) (p<0.001) for DAV ≥2 cal. Compared with current smokers, former smokers with quitting smoking >10 years had significantly lower risk of DAV and DAV ≥2 cal.
In apparently healthy male workers, DAV disease was strongly associated with smoking. Cumulative smoking exposure was associated with dose-dependent relationship on subclinical DAV disease both in current smokers and former smokers.