Most individuals understand that smoking and using tobacco products has a direct impact on the health of their lungs—but did you know that smoking also plays a direct role in your cardiac health? The chemicals in tobacco smoke not only harm your blood cells, but also cause structural damage to your heart and blood vessels.
Individuals who smoke are at an increased risk for a number of heart conditions, including atherosclerosis or a hardening of the arteries due to plaque buildup, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart attack, and heart failure. Smoking can also increase the chances of developing peripheral arterial disease, in which plaque builds up in the arteries supplying blood to the head, ultimately increasing the risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Don’t let smoking increase your chances of heart disease. Learn how you can stop smoking and improve your heart health by contacting Cardiac Solutions in Peoria, Avondale, Sun City West, and Glendale. at (623) 876-8816. For additional information, visit our website.