What smoking cigarettes does to your heart?
You will be quite amazed the risk of smoking actually is, and most smokers don´t know or their addiction has taken over all common sense and we all know there is so many powerful reasons to quit smoking.
I am not talking down on smokers as I was smoker myself for more than 20 years, and I knew smoking can lead to death as it is common knowledge, but I did not know in detail how many ways smoking can kill me until I started researching this addiction.
How does smoking damage your heart?
Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke.
Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.
The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates your body to produce adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, making your heart work harder.
Your blood is more likely to clot, which increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.
The more you smoke, the greater your chances of developing a common heart rhythm disorder that increases your risk of stroke and early death, researchers say.
“If you smoke, please quit smoking, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start,” said study author Dagfinn Aune, a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London.
Risk of atrial fibrillation
“We found that smokers are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation, but the risk is reduced considerably in those who quit,” said Aune, who is also an associate professor at Bjorknes University College in Oslo, Norway.
Atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, will affect one-quarter of middle-aged American and European adults. A-fib causes 20% to 30% of all strokes, and boosts the chances of premature death.
For the new study, published July 12 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers analyzed 29 studies that included nearly 678 000 people in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan.
Every 10 “pack-years” of smoking was associated with a 16% increased risk of developing a-fib. Pack-years are the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years a person has smoked.
When compared to people who never smoked, the risk of developing a-fib was 32% higher among current smokers, 21% higher among current and former smokers combined, and 9% higher among former smokers, the researchers said.
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“Our results provide further evidence of the health benefits of quitting smoking and, even better, to never start smoking in the first place,” Aune said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology.
“This is important from a public health perspective to prevent atrial fibrillation and many other chronic diseases,” he added.
You see now What smoking cigarettes does to your heart, this is no joke and the risk and reward factor is not in the favor for the smokers and if you browse here in my smoking addiction archive you can even learn more about how much damage does one cigarette a day do to your health and what you can do to quit smoking for yourself for once and for all!
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