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How smoking can cause heart diseases

Published at 03/06/2012 20:06:23


Though there is more awareness about smoking being the reason for lung trouble and breathing problems, it is also true that smoking is one of the major causes of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have showed that those who smoke are more likely to suffer from heart attacks as compared to non-smokers. About 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to cigarette smoking. The risk for heart disease increases proportionally among chain smokers.

Women smokers who use birth control pills are more exposed to the risk of heart attack, stoke and peripheral vascular disease.


In fact, it has also been proved through many studies that passive smokers are likely to suffer from heart diseases too. Second-hand smoking – especially children are more susceptible to heart disease Secondhand smoking can cause chronic respiratory conditions, cancer, and heart disease.

Here is a brief guide about heart diseases smoking can cause, and the benefits of giving up smoking.
This is how smoking causes heart diseases:

The lining of the coronary artery, other arteries and blood vessels gets damaged due to smoking. Due to smoking heart diseases are caused due to blocking of arteries and building-up of fatty matter.

When oxygen supply to the heart decreases due to smoking heart diseases crop up. This happens because there is carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke. Additionally, Tobacco present in cigarettes contains nicotine, this increases the production of adrenaline, thus making the heart beat faster, resulting in high blood pressure. All of these things lead to increased chances of having a heart attack or a stroke.


Quit smoking and do a favor to your body and mind Here are some reasons asto why you must quit smoking:

The heart diseases smoking causes can be kept at bay. Quit smoking to prolong your life and your health. You will be able to stray clear of increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other non-cardiovascular diseases such as throat cancer, lung cancer, ulcers, diseases of the mouth etc.

If you still need more reasons other than being able to avoid heart diseases smoking aggravates, you will also improve your sense of taste and smell, look and feel better (as smoking causes bad stained teeth, bad skin, wrinkles etc.) and save valuable money. You will be indirectly helping your family, friends and colleagues lead a better life. It is high time smokers realize the implications of passive smoking.

Tips and comments

How to Quit Smoking:
This differs from person to person, but what matters most is will-power and determination.

Decide on a date when you will quit smoking, and stick to the date, no matter what.

If you find yourself giving up on your resolution, talk to family members and friends about it. Seek their support, for this will help you immensely.

Joining a group of people who are trying to give up smoking works the same way. You can benefit from their experiences and at the same time be a source of motivation to them.

The faster you realize the hazards of smoking, the better it will be for your health.


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