Heart Attack and Smoking

Heart Attack and Smoking – 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.

Heart Attack caused by Smoking – How Does 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 a 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. 
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What are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking Over Time ?

20 minutes after quittingYour 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 tobacco cravings?

  • Nicotine replacement therapy
  • Identify the triggers and try to avoid them.
  • Relax – visualization, movie or listening to music.

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