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Will quitting smoking reduce my risk of heart failure?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Yes.  Quitting gradually and progressively improves the blood vessel and lung function.  Lung dysfunction and heart attacks that have already occurred, that is that are permanently set in by having structural changes, cannot be reversed.  But, even at age 65, you get much of the aging tobacco causes by quitting.

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