How does smoking increase my risk for atherosclerosis?

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Smoking leads to Coronary Artery Disease. Smoking also causes many other illnesses including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and strokes. Smoking may increase hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, as well.

Nicotine in cigarettes causes constriction in blood vessels. That, in turn, causes an increase in blood pressure, making the heart work harder. Furthermore, nicotine might constrict coronary arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart muscle.

Dropping the cigarette habit is not impossible. There are many ways to quit smoking - and quit completely. You can do this by yourself, with support groups or with the help of nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. Ask your doctor about options.

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Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Nicotine addiction is just as strong as addiction to alcohol or cocaine, and it causes changes in the brain that make you crave nicotine even more. Once inhaled into the lungs through smoke, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstre...

am and carried throughout your body. Nicotine can affect the heart, blood vessels, hormones and brain function. Learn more from our experts about how to overcome it.

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