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Quit Smoking!

Cigarette smoking is usually associated with breathing problems and lung cancer, but smoking is also a major cause of heart disease for both men and women. Smoking and tobacco use increases the risk factors for a variety of chronic disorders and it is the most important preventable cause of premature death. Smoking is a major cause of atherosclerosis. Smoking decreases your tolerance for physical activity and increases the tendency for blood to clot also decreases HDL (good) cholesterol. Smoking also creates a higher risk for peripheral artery disease, aortic aneurysm and recurrence of coronary heart disease after bypass surgery. Women who take birth control pills and smoke increase their risk of having stroke and other heart disease.

Smoking causes heart disease by

  • Decreasing oxygen to the heart and other tissues in the body
  • Decreasing exercise tolerance
  • Decreasing HDL cholesterol
  • Increasing blood pressure and heart rate
  • Damaging cells that line coronary arteries and other blood vessels
  • Increasing risk of developing coronary and peripheral artery disease and heart attack
  • Increasing risk of developing lung cancer, throat cancer, chronic asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • Increasing risk of developing diabetes
  • Increasing tendency for blood clotting
  • Increasing risk of recurrent coronary artery disease after bypass surgery

Smoking is not only harmful to you but also to the people around you as it puts them at a risk for developing health problems, especially children. For a healthier heart and a prolonged life it is advised to quit smoking.