Smoking and Heart Attack – Is there a relation?
Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked. Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it’s never too late to give up.
How Dose Smoking damage your Heart?
- Smoking damages the Endothelial lining of blood vessels, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause heart attack.
- Carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen availability in your blood. This damage your heart.
- Nicotine in cigarettes – raises your blood pressure and heart rate.
- If you smoke then Your blood is more likely to clot, which increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
What are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking Over Time ?
|20 minutes after quitting||Your heart rate and blood pressure drop|
|12 hours after quitting|| The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.|
|2 weeks to 3 months after quitting|| Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.|
|1 year after quitting|| The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that |
|15 years after quitting|| Your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.|
What are health benefits for women if quit smoking?
Reduced risk for infertility in women of childbearing age. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.
What are Nicotine withdrawal symptoms?
- Feeling irritable, angry, or anxious
- Having trouble thinking
- Craving tobacco products
- Feeling hungrier than usual
How to resist resist tobacco cravings?
- Nicotine replacement therapy
- Identify the triggers and try to avoid them.
- Relax – visualization, movie or listening to music.
- Remind yourself the health benefits.