Quit Smoking and Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, COPD and lung cancer would all prefer that you continue smoking. Your rate of contracting these and other smoking-related diseases continues to rise as long as you keep right on puffing away. If you have asthma, smoking can both trigger an attack, and make an asthmatic attack more dangerous.
The website QuitSmokingSupport.com reveals that smoking can “significantly hasten hardening of the arteries.” This means your heart has to work much harder to pump oxygen and blood throughout your body. When your heart is overworked consistently, serious danger can be just around the corner.
You should also remember that smoking is bad for the people around you. If you don’t want to quit smoking for your own health, do it for your loved ones. The same research which shows an improved risk for hardened arteries in smokers also shows the same problem for those who inhale secondhand smoke. So your smoking is weakening not only your heart, but the hearts of the people you love and spend the most time with.
Does it get cold in the winter where you live? If so, your risk of suffering some heart disease at that time of the year is greater if you smoke. Rates of high blood pressure and an elevated heart rate increase for smokers come wintertime.
The British Medical Journey points out that smoking “damages the arteries to the heart and brain”, which weakens your heart, automatically increasing your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Can you undo the damage of smoking? Definitely.
Dr. Bjorn Eliasson from Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Goteborg, Sweden estimates that 10 million deaths each year will be caused by smoking (as of 2015, forecasting up till 2030). However, his research shows that if you quit smoking entirely, or just cut back a little, your heart and entire cardiovascular system begin to become stronger and healthier.
Within a few months of reducing how many cigarettes you smoke, you can make your cholesterol level healthier.
You can also reduce how hard your heart has to work to pump blood and oxygen throughout your body, according to the experiments conducted by Dr. Eliasson and others. You experience other physical health benefits as well. So kick the habit totally, or just cut back on the amount of cigarettes you smoke daily. Your heart, and the hearts of those around you, will thank you.