Written by Inara Hasanali, M.A.  | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Oct 15, 2020

Smoking and Heart Disease

Smoking and tobacco have been linked to the early onset of heart diseases. Research studies have shown that cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely to die from coronary heart diseases than non- smokers. Stay away from tobacco smoke.

Inhaling tobacco smoke causes many immediate responses within the heart and its blood vessels. Within a minute the heart begins to beat faster. Carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke exerts a negative effect on the heart. It reduces the bloodís oxygen carrying capability.

Smoking tends to increase the blood cholesterol levels. Compared to non-smokers the ratio of HDL (good cholesterol) to LDL (bad cholesterol) also tends to be lower in smokers.

Smoking also raises the level of fibrinogen (a protein which causes blood to clot) and increases platelet production (involved in the formation of blood clot), which makes blood stickier.

Carbon monoxide attaches itself more easily to haemoglobin (the oxygen carrying pigment present in the red blood cells) much more readily than oxygen does. This reduces the amount of oxygen available to the tissues.

All these above-mentioned factors make smokers more susceptible to heart diseases.

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naive Tuesday, June 19, 2012

hi i just wanted to know what all foods and drinks can aggravate an enlarged heart !!

hollysewa Friday, January 20, 2012

Hi there? Am called ssewanyana Augustine i just want the doctors to tell me does wine help in maintaining heart disease? What I mean taking it moderately not taking too much that can relieve people with heart diseases how far is it true?

ayodele Tuesday, August 16, 2011

to me i have alot to say about this major topic. to be sincere heart disease ocure as a result of incovinent lifestyle and lack of normal diet. apart from hereditry factors, if an average human can take normal diet and have an excercise when necesary and normal job, the rate of death by heart disease will reduced. the major causes of heart disease in some cases is poverty. hope you all know what i mean by poverty. state of an unwealthy condition. no money to maintain normal life style, when there is little illness, there will be financial problem to cure it, which may lead to any heart disease.my name ayodele albert. thanks

Foram Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hi I am 31 yrs old woman and recently came to know that I am suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. Can anyone guide me the do's and dont's for patients like me. Also I m a working woman. My job does'nt demand any physical stress. Will I be able to leave a normal healthy life?

dd2010 Friday, October 1, 2010

thank u for the heart problem life style,am 29 have a swollen heart after giving birth,having difficulties in breathing,am on frusemite ,digoxin ,am always having gastric fluids white like froth coming out,please help

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