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How Smoking Increases your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

(...and how vapor cigarettes and e-smoking help reduce this risk)

Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease) –this is well known and well documented. Below are the ways in which smoking, secondhand smoke and quitting smoking all affect the cardiovascular system.

Moreover, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke.


Definitions to know

Stroke:
-Occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts.

Heart Attack:
-Occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the heart. Furthermore, the heart cannot get enough oxygen; causing damage to the heart muscle and heart muscle can death.

Some of smoking's effects on your cardiovascular system:

  • Smoking damages blood vessels
  • It can both thicken the lining of the vessels and make them grow narrower, thus leading to increased heart beat and blood pressure
  • Clots can also reduce blood flow to legs and skin
  • Smoking causes peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which is a condition where plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the head, organs, and limbs
  • Breathing tobacco smoke can even change blood chemistry and damage blood vessels. Inhaling smoke causes a reaction in the cells that line blood vessels, which leads to increase heart rate and blood pressure
  • Smoking can cause atherosclerosis, which is a disease where plaque builds up in the arteries

The cardiovascular system and second-hand smoke

Those who smoke are not the only ones at risk for heart related problems. Exposure to secondhand smoke can deliver immediate adverse reactions on the cardiovascular system. Moreover, exposure can also lead to coronary heart disease and stroke –just like a smoker.

Secondhand smoke facts:

  • Causes nearly 34,000 heart related deaths disease each year
  • May increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25–30%
  • Increases the risk for stroke by 20−30%
  • Causes more than 8,000 deaths from stroke annually

In addition to the heart itself, secondhand smoke exposure can have immediate adverse effects on blood and blood vessels.

  • Interferes with the normal functioning of the heart, blood, and vascular systems, which can increase the risk of heart attack
  • Can damage the lining of blood vessels causing blood platelets to become stickier

Exposure to secondhand smoke is even more deadly to someone who already suffers from heart disease. Those with heart disease should take extra precautions to avoid even the briefest of exposures.

Reducing cardiovascular risks through vapor cigarettes and e-smoking

It's easy to think that results will take a long time to show themselves, but when stopping cigarette use, you can typically expect to see some immediate results. In as few as 20 minutes, your heart rate drops toward normal and by 2 hours, your heart rate and blood pressure will be near normal. With quick results like these, it is easy to believe that just a year after discontinuing cigarette usage, your risk of heart attack drops significantly. In addition, within 2 to 5 years of quitting smoking, you can reduce your risk of stroke to that of a non-smoker's risk.

Of course this is just one of your body's systems being affected by cigarette smoking. For more information about other ways smoking can affect your body, read our recent article, or learn about some of the often overlooked hidden costs associated with traditional smoking.

If you are interested in delving into the world of vapor cigarettes, please visit our main site for more. Here you can find all the information you need to make an informed decision before switching and you can look at our selection of starter kits to get you started vaping. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about e-smoking, vapor cigarettes parts and maintenance and much more...

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