3 Key Reasons to Quit Smoking

Cardiac Health | Monday, March 18th, 2013 | No Comments

Learn how smoking affects your health and longevity.

These days, everyone knows that smoking affects your health. But what are the specific consequences? Here are the three big ones.

Heart disease
An unhealthy heart means the body functions less efficiently. Smoking interferes with the amount of oxygen the lungs can bring into the body. Less oxygen means your heart has to pump extra hard to transport sufficient oxygen throughout the body. This extra work:

  • wears out this most vital organ
  • raises cholesterol levels
  • raises your blood pressure

The added stress increases your risk of developing heart disease or even of having a heart attack. If you smoke, it is essential that you get regular screenings to monitor your risk of heart disease.

Cancers
Smoking weakens or damages organs, making them vulnerable to cancer. All tobacco products can cause:

  • mouth, throat and lung cancers
  • digestion problems, such as Crohn's Disease, which raises risk of colorectal cancer
  • a weakening of the immune system

Damage to your immune system
Tired? Out of breath? If you're a heavy smoker or have been at it a long time, you may be subject to:

  • frequent colds or illnesses
  • a need to rest or nap often or chronic fatigue
  • low endurance when exercising or an inability to maintain fitness levels
  • an appearance of aging more rapidly

A weakened immune system can't efficiently fight off bacteria or virus. Longevity among smokers is much lower than that of non-smokers. However, side effects of smoking can be reversed in a relatively short amount of time.

Time to quit! Check out information from The American Cancer Society for ways to ditch the bad habit, find the right treatment option for you and join support groups to see you through to your goal. Osceola Regional Medical Center invites you to learn more about the link between smoking and your heart's health at the Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Schedule an appointment or ask a question by calling our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-447-8206.

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