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Smoking - Can It Cause Heart Disease?

Smoking - Can It Cause Heart Disease?

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Debates Related  to Smoking and Heart Disease

It is commonly known that smoking causes lung cancer or COPD or any other lung chronic disease. What most people don’t know is that smoking can also cause heart disease, as it was estimated that in the United States there is a range of 20 percent of people that have died from heart disease caused by smoking. Be aware, the more cigarettes you smoke a day, the grater is the risk to have a heart attack or a heart disease.

A pack of cigarettes a day equals a more than two-fold risk of heart attack.

How Can The Risk of Heart Disease Be Increased By Smoking?

Atherosclerosis, also known as the hardening of the arteries, can be caused by smoking. The cigarettes contain some toxins that favor the atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is produced over time. The main cause is the building of the plaque, the thickening of the arterial walls. Thus, blood clots are created and these may block the blood flowing. The blood has to supply the heart, so if a blood clot interferes a heart attack may occur.

How Can Heart Disease Be Prevented?

Stop Smoking! The risk of having heart disease, heart attack, increased blood pressure, lung disease, reduces once you quit smoking. If you want to quit smoking but you encounter difficulties, address to your doctor to prescribe you medications. You may need medications in order to have the discomfort of nicotine withdrawal eased. There are also many programs available online that you can follow in order to make the quitting easier.

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