Kicking the Smoking Habit

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Kicking the Smoking Habit

Last week I wrote about the health risks of smoking and offered a few tips for kicking the smoking habit. Laying down the cigarette may be one of the most difficult tasks of your life, but it will also be one of the most rewarding. You will benefit tremendously as your body begins to heal itself. One of the greatest benefits of kicking the smoking habit is a decreased chance of heart attack.

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is also the leading cause of death caused by smoking. More than 61 million Americans suffer with some type of coronary heart disease and over 2,600 die daily. Toxins in the blood from cigarette smoke are the main culprit for developing the disease and it matters not if the cigarettes are low tar or low nicotine. The arteries become hardened and clogged and the heart cannot get enough blood or oxygen.

Acute Coronary Syndrome can happen to a smoker at any time. This happens when a blot clot forms within a coronary artery. This can take place quite suddenly and without warning. The blood clot significantly hinders the blood flow to the heart muscle and, if not treated immediately, can result in a heart attack.

When a smoker decides to quit smoking he is preserving his heart and, subsequently, his life. Within the first 20 minutes of that last puff, the blood pressure decreases and the pulse rate lowers. The body temperature stabilizes and, after about 8 hours, carbon monoxide and oxygen levels drop to normal. Continued absence from cigarette smoke after 24 hours significantly lowers the risk of heart attack.

Quitting the smoking habit may be a painful ordeal, but would not it be worth it to avoid a heart attack? Have you been successful at quitting the smoking habit? Feel free to share your experience below.

 

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Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk "health" with you. View all posts with Health Tips.