How Smoking can Damage the Heart?

Today, almost every other youngster, from the age of 15 is adapting to the bad habit of smoking. On running surveys and doing research, the most common reason behind this adoption was stress and style.

Some people smoke because they are too frustrated in life and smoking calms them down by releasing a good feeling. The nicotine present in cigarettes or similar products causes the release of dopamine in the brain. The more you become dependent on this product, the more it increases the craving for the feeling you receive from nicotine.

Some students and youngsters smoke for the sake of style also. But do you know about the consequences?

Well! SMOKING is not just harmful to your lungs; it even creates a bad impact on your heart health.

As per a recent report by the American Heart Association, the main causes of cardiovascular diseases, i.e., heart attacks and strokes are smoking. Even WHO has warned that tobacco consumption can badly affect your body and brain. Still, we are here to warn you and show a bigger picture of how smoking can ruin your life.

Here are a few insights on how smoking can damage your heart. Also, we have penned down a few vital points that you must note.

Increases Heart Disease Risk

The heart’s main role is to supply oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body. By regular smoking, certain fatty deposits start accumulating inside the coronary arteries. These deposits can impact the flow of blood, resulting in high chances of heart attacks or damage to the blood vessels. Hence, smoking is one of the leading causes of heart attacks. 

Several studies have been done on the topic and it has been said that smokers have a higher risk of developing heart disease than non-smokers. If you are a regular smoker and often find issues in the heart, it is majorly because the deposits accumulating in the artery region are narrowing them and restricting blood flow to the heart.

Raises Your Blood Pressure

There are high chance that your blood pressure might rise due to the harmful effects of smoking. Smoking products have certain chemicals in them that can damage the linings of your arteries making them less flexible. As a result, in order to breathe properly, your body needs to put extra strain on the heart which may increase your blood pressure. In fact, both active smoking and being around second-hand smoke have been shown to dramatically raise blood pressure.

Reduces Oxygen Levels in the Blood

Smoke from cigarettes contains carbon monoxide, which binds to hemoglobin in the blood, decreasing its capacity to carry oxygen. As a result, the body’s tissues and organs—including the heart—receive less oxygen. This can eventually weaken the heart muscle and raise the chance of having a heart attack. According to research, smokers’ blood oxygen levels are lower than non-smokers.

High Risk of Blood Clots

Blood clots, which can obstruct the heart’s blood supply and cause a heart attack, are more likely to occur in smokers. The compounds in cigarette smoke have the potential to make blood stickier and more clotting-prone. Smokers have a much higher risk of blood clots than non-smokers.

Damages the Blood Vessels

Cigarette smoke contains compounds that can harm blood vessel linings, increasing their vulnerability to cardiovascular illnesses and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). According to research, smoking is a significant contributor to endothelial dysfunction, a condition that precedes atherosclerosis.

If you go through all the above pointers, it is clear that cigarettes can badly affect the heart and the nearby functions that play a key role in our body. Hence, try to stop smoking or if you find it hard, consult a doctor today.

There are various products available in the market that can help you put a control on nicotine intake. 

You can also join communities where people share their struggles and try to find out the real cause behind adapting this practice and how to overcome it.

There is always a way when there is a will.

All you need to do is first decide what’s good for your heart and body and then make a choice.

Get up young man and find a way to stay longer on this Earth and enjoy the challenging life.

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