Vascular Study for Smokers: Assessing Vascular Risks and Encouraging Quitting

Did you know, cardiovascular disease is one of the most common causes of death in the United States that kills 8 million people in a year? The most common cause of CVD is smoking which is the reason for approximately 1 out of 4 deaths from CVD. While you may enjoy smoking, its effects on the body are more severe than you ever thought. Even people who smoke less than 5 cigarettes a day may have early signs of CVD. And if you use secondhand smoke then it may increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. So, you need to quit smoking right now before it’s too late. Learn how smoking affects your vascular system and how you can quit smoking in this article. At Doral Health and Wellness Pulmonary Center, we offer services that caters to your pulmonary needs. Our pulmonologists are the best in Brooklyn, Brownsville and East New York.

 

How does smoking affect your vascular health?

Smoking can affect your vascular health in several harmful ways such as:-

  • Cigarettes contain chemicals including nicotine and carbon monoxide which affect your veins and heart functions. When you smoke, nicotine constricts your blood vessels which reduces blood flow to your organs and monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, which causes a double burden on your heart.
  • These chemicals also damage the arterial walls, which increase the risk of fatty deposits buildup (called plaques), which can either narrow or block the blood vessels making it difficult for the heart to pump blood through them.
  • Lastly, smoking also raises the level of bad cholesterol in your blood which reduces the amount of good cholesterol and increases the risk of forming clots and blockages by making blood thicker than normal and sluggish. Over time it leads to heart attacks and strokes.

Over time these effects on the blood vessel system can lead to vascular disease. The most common vascular diseases that may caused by smoking are:

  • Heart attacks
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Strokes
  • Carotid artery disease (CAD)
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

 

Smoking may also be linked with nearly every form of cancer, including blood cancers, liver, stomach, pancreas, kidney, colon, etc. Additionally, it also affects fertility in men and women, healthy pregnancies, bones, teeth, and eyes health, and may contribute to inflammation and lower immune system functionality.

 

That’s why smoking is considered bad for your health because it increases the risk of a severe condition that is life-threatening.

 

What does quitting smoking do to you?

When you quit smoking, your body starts to repair itself which reduces your risk of vascular diseases and may increase your lifespan drastically. However, it doesn’t mean your health gets back to perfectly normal because smoking does cause significant damage depending on how long you have been smoking in your life and how often in a day.

 

That’s why you need to consider a vascular evaluation to understand how much it’s damaged your health and what precautions you should take now to make your health better.

 

Here are the major benefits of quitting smoking you may experience in overall health:

  • Within 20 minutes, your blood pressure and heart rate start lowering to normal.
  • After a day, your risk of heart attack decreases.
  • Within a month, your bad cholesterol levels decrease and an increase in the good cholesterol levels is seen.
  • Within a year, your heart attack risk is decreased by 50%.
  • Within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your stroke risk may be reduced to nearly the same as a nonsmoker.
  • In just a few years after you quit smoking, your cardiovascular system becomes as healthy as a nonsmoker.
  • Within 5 years after you quit smoking, your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drops by 50%.
  • After 10 years of quitting smoking, the risk of dying from lung cancer drops by 50%.

 

Quitting smoking is good for your health, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Most people are not able to stay consistent with that habit and start smoking again, that’s why you need a proper smoking cessation program and support system that helps you quit smoking. You can ask your physician to help you find a smoking cessation specialist and support groups or communities that will help you quit smoking.

 

How can you quit smoking?

Quitting smoking may not be easy but here are some tips that can help you to quit smoking, including:

  • Throw all your cigarettes and ashtrays when you’ve decided to quit.
  • Ask your friends and family for support.
  • Avoid social situations that may raise your desire to smoke.
  • Ask your physician for a referral to a specialist in a smoking cessation program.
  • Join support groups that help people quit smoking.
  • If possible, replace the smoke smell from your home and work environment with room freshers.
  • If you have a desire to smoke, use unsweetened popsicles or chew gums to replace the habit.

 

Additionally, most medical insurance plans cover the expenses of smoking cessation. In some states, Medicaid also offers medication coverage as well. So, you can ask for a referral for a specialist from your insurance provider to manage your expenses.

 

Smoking can increase the risk of many severe vascular diseases such as CAD, PAD, heart attack, stroke, and many forms of cancer as well. Even it damages your immune system and several parts of your body such as bones, eyes, and teeth. So, quitting becomes necessary.

 

Quitting starts giving benefits within a day, and over a long period, you may become healthy as a non-smoker. So, follow the above-mentioned tips for quitting smoking in your life and improve your health.

 

Need help to quit smoking habits, call our specialist today to get the first free session for smoking cessation online. To book an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, or call us on +1-347-384-5690. You can also check and visit our website at https://pulmonologistbrooklyn.com to book an appointment online.