Smoking and Heart Diseases





People who smoke a pack a day die on average 7 years earlier than people who have never smoked.

There are several causes of heart disease and smoking is one of them. And, there are many diseases which can develop from smoking and heart disease is one of them. Cigarette smoking is actually a major cause of heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

Peripheral vascular disease refers to a range of abnormal conditions that affect the veins outside your heart, generally obstructing flow of blood in arteries. Smoking is very famous like a celebrity star, in different ways. In exchange from the pleasure of smoking, your life is the price you pay.

Types Of Heart Diseases

There are several types of heart disease, but the major ones are the atherosclerosis, coronary, rheumatic, congenital, myocarditis, angina, and arrythmia heart disease. Although heart disease can be deadly, it is also preventable.

The most basic and simple ways to prevent heart disease is to exercise regularly, eat heart-healthy diet, maintain healthy weight, avoid smoking, and have regular health screenings. It is never too late for anybody to change lifestyles and practice healthy habits for the betterment ones welfare.

Smoking and heart disease may not come hand in hand because not everyone with heart disease used to smoke, but we can’t ignore the fact that smokers may develop heart disease in a latter time or any other serious disease for that matter.

Chemicals In Tobacco Smoke Are The Main Culprits

Smoking kills more and more people each year and almost 40 % of those who died from smoking die from heart and blood vessel disease. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemicals in which many of them are poisonous.

Nicotine in tobacco smoke can increase blood pressure causing the heart to work harder. Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in your blood. Smoking adds to the obstruction of the arteries which can lead to heart attack and other heart-related conditions.


And, smokers have greater risk of death from coronary heart disease compare to non-smokers. Aren’t these reasons enough for you to quit smoking? If at earlier time you stop smoking and heart disease is what you want to evade from, then, you must value your life so much.

Coronary Heart Disease

The type of heart disease caused by smoking is coronary heart disease. Many studies detail the evidence that the heart disease caused by smoking is coronary heart disease which will eventually lead to a heart attack.

Cigarette and tobacco products users have high risk of developing heart disease caused by smoking that of non smokers. Smokers who have a heart attack are more likely to die within an hour of the heart attack. Doesn’t sounds so scary?

Cigarette and tobacco smoking or any the use of any tobacco products is very rampant. Unfortunately, it increases the risk of coronary disease. All the tobacco products contain thousands of chemicals and nicotine which is very addictive.

Nicotine is not only responsible for your bad breath, staining your teeth, but also increases the risk of recurrent coronary heart disease after bypass operation. Smoking increases blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance, and increases the tendency for blood clot.

When the blood clots build up and block the arteries, heart attack will occur. Therefore, it is evidence enough that heart disease caused by smoking is coronary heart disease.

Did you know that after five years or so from the time you stop smoking, your chance of getting a heart disease is the same to those who have not smoked at all? Yes, it’s true! Studies have shown the risk of developing heart disease caused by smoking to those who stop smoking 5 years or more ago.

Cigarette smoking brings nothing but serious diseases to people. There are a lot of awful things that you can get from smoking and heart disease is the number one, followed by cancer. You may not die right away from smoking due to cancer, but you can die in just a matter of an hour if you are having a heart attack. So, quit smoking!

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