Central New York women who smoke, including women smokers in Syracuse, Watertown, Utica, Herkimer, Auburn, Oswego, Binghamton and other upstate New York State cities, have an increased risk of developing seizures.
According to a recent study, smokers were two to three times more likely to suffer a seizure. Theories for the increase in seizure activity include nicotine, and the fact that smoking decreases oxygen in the blood which decreases sleep (and increases the risk for seizures).
Generally, seizures arise from abnormal electrical activity in the brain, and are often associated with symptoms such as vision changes, a change in sensation, convulsions, and a loss of consciousness. Common causes of seizures include epilepsy, head trauma and stroke.
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