Smoking dramatically increases the risk of cardiovascular disease

Smoking dramatically increases the risk of cardiovascular disease


smoking dramatically increases the risk
of cardiovascular disease including heart disease heart attack and
stroke when cigarette smokers inhaled toxic gases pass through the lungs and
into the bloodstream causing every organ to be exposed to
these toxins tobacco within cigarettes contains
nicotine and many other compounds as the
compounds burn thousands of harmful chemicals are
released many of these chemicals are known to cause cancer in the bloodstream carbon monoxide from
cigarette smoke binds to hemoglobin found in red blood cells and this interferes with the delivery of
oxygen to tissues throughout the body in addition nicotine and carbon monoxide
can damage the inner lining up the walls of the arteries causing an increased risk a fatty
deposits at the injured site these fatty deposits called
atherosclerotic plaques can cause significant narrowing of the blood
vessels which can severely reduce blood flow in
coronary artery disease atherosclerotic plaques within the heart
vessels can reduce or block the flow of blood to the heart possibly leading to angina or chest
pain in more serious cases where the heart muscle is starved of oxygen for
too long an area of the heart muscle may die
causing irreversible damage this is commonly called a heart attack
or myocardial infarction when nicotine in the blood stream flows
through the adrenal gland it stimulates the release of a hormone called epenephrine this hormone causes the
heart rate and blood pressure to increase potentially putting an added strain on
the heart to smoking also increases the risk of blood clots because it causes
platelets in the blood to become stuck together in some cases a blood clot can travel to the brain
causing a blockage with in an artery preventing the supply of much-needed
oxygen and nutrients this is commonly known as a stroke following a stroke the area of the brain affected may no
longer function normally possibly leading to disability in severe cases a stroke can be fatal