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Vol 10, No 2 (2008)
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The dynamics of oxygen and carbon dioxide pressure changes in cigarette smokers

Damian Ziaja, Grzegorz Biolik, Tomasz Orawczyk, Hanna John-Ziaja, Dariusz Stańczyk, Krzysztof Ziaja
Chirurgia Polska 2008;10(2):67-70.

Abstract

Background: The authors present an evaluation of the dynamics of oxygen and carbon dioxide pressure changes in cigarette smokers.
Material and methods: The investigated group was formed of volunteers, students from the Silesian Medical University and the University of Silesia, and include 15 nonsmokers and 15 smokers who smoke 15–20 cigarettes daily. Each smoker abstained from smoking for two hours before testing.
Results: They state that after smoking two “light” type cigarettes oxygen pressure in tissues decreases significantly while, at the same time, carbon dioxide pressure increases. The above-mentioned phenomenon lasted during the entire time of the examination.
Conclusions: The authors suggest that this may be one of the causes of accelerated development degenerative changes in the arterial endothelium.

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