Smoking and Heart Attack

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Would Smoking Increase Your Chance on Heart Attack? 

Smoking is the habit of the century, from vaping to cigarettes to shisha, all of them are trendy and practiced by a large number of people across the globe.

According to the World Health Organization, statistics show that around 80% of people in the world are smokers. Which means 1.1 billion people smoke. 

But how does this toxic habit affect ones' health? 

Figures don't lie, The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 8 million people a year around the world. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. This spending behavior is difficult to curb because tobacco is so addictive.

Tobacco and your dear heart

Smoking cigarettes makes the walls of your arteries sticky from the chemicals, so fatty material can stick to them. If the arteries that carry blood to your heart get damaged and clogged, it can lead to a heart attack. If this happens in the arteries that carry blood to your brain it can lead to a stroke. 

Heart attack affects millions of individuals every year including both smokers and non-smokers. For that, when doctors advise smokers to quit smoking for their heart health, some of them ask, Why? If non-smokers are exposed to heart attack, then to what extent smoking increases the chance of getting a heart attack? This article addresses the connection and impact relationship between smoking and heart attack.

On the first hand, the heart attack is a serious medical emergency situation where the supply of blood through the vessels to the heart is blocked most likely by a blood clot. By that, we notice that the causes of heart attack either narrowing blood vessels or forming blood clots. On the other hand, smoking affects the blood vessels that supply blood to heart and from the heart to all parts of the body. It reduces the amount of oxygen in blood and damages blood vessel walls. Smoking narrowing and clogging of the arteries by contributing to atherosclerosis, which reduces blood supply and the amount of oxygen.

The surficial examination of the relationship between smoking and heart diseases including heart attack may indicate no, indirect or slight relationship. However, the connection between the effect of smoking and causes of heart attack would prove the strong and direct impact of smoking on heart attacks that could be noticed through the following facts:

• The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm all blood cells and damage the function of the heart and the structure and function of vessels, which commonly known as atherosclerosis.

• Smoking causes ischemic heart disease, which happens if plaque builds up in the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. The accumulation of plaque leads to blocking the artery and cause a heart attack.

• Smoking increases blood pressure, speeds up heart rate, raises the opportunity of blood clots and harms blood vessels connected with hearts.

For that, every cigarette smoker burns make him/her more likely to get heart disease. Studies indicate that 20% of deaths from heart disease are directly related to smoking. A smoker is 2-4 times more likely to get heart disease including heart attack. That risk becomes even greater for smoking women who take birth control pills.

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Wassem 03-19-2020 8:16 AM

But many smokers live till 90s without any problem.