Study examines nonsmoking patients exposure to secondhand smoke and the need for it to be addressed in cardiac care.

While nonsmoking patients hospitalized with coronary heart disease (CHD) reported secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure in the days before their hospital admission, only 17.3 percent of patients recalled a physician or nurse asking them about their SHS exposure despite evidence that SHS increases nonsmokers’ risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.