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Can I smoke after heart surgery?

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Do not smoke. All cigarettes, including filtered cigarettes, cause coronary (heart) arteries to constrict (tighten). Smoking reduces the amount of blood that reaches the heart. Smoking cessation is a vital part of recovery, as the heart needs blood to heal.

Treatment programs are available for support in helping you not to smoke.

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