Do you know smoking increases your risk of heart disease? Or that smoking and blood pressure are related? Most of us associate cigarette smoking with problems of the lungs like asthma, lung cancer and other breathing problems.
But studies have shown that people who smoke are at higher risk of developing hypertension and heart disease. The risk of heart disease due to smoking increases with number of cigarettes you smoke, and the longer you smoke. The risk of heart disease due to smoking is higher in women.
Experts say that smoking is directly related to about 30% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S and is a major cause of coronary artery disease in younger people.
How Does Smoking Increase Heart Disease Risk?
The nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products:
- Decrease oxygen supply to the heart.
- Cause rise of blood pressure and heart rate.
- Increase the risk of blood clotting.
- Injures the cells lining the inside of coronary arteries and other blood vessels.
How Can Quitting Smoking Be Helpful?
Quitting smoking has many advantages like:
- Reduce the risk of various disease like asthma, other breathing problems, ling cancer, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, throat cancer,
- Makes you feel fit and healthier.
- May prolong your life span
- Improves you look (decreases wrinkles, stained teeth, and improves your skin), and sense of taste and smell.
- Most of all helps to save money.
How to Quit Smoking
There is no master plan which can help every one to quit smoking. If you seriously plan to quit, prepare yourself both emotionally and mentally and just do not attempt it to please your friends or family. If needed, take professional help.
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