If you smoke, you have a higher risk of dying from heart disease. That is a fact and there is absolutely no way of getting around it. Basically, if you continue to smoke, you will most likely die sooner than somebody who doesn’t. In this article I want to take a little look at how smoking causes heart disease, and perhaps more importantly, how you can help yourself if you want to give up smoking.
How does smoking increase heart disease risk?
Smoking can cause problems with the heart in a number of different ways. For example, it has the ability to cause high blood pressure. This is caused by the narrowing of arteries, and as a result, you have a far greater chance of developing a blood clot. If you develop a blood clot, your chances of having a heart attack are huge. It also puts a lot of strain on your heart, which is going to start killing it slowly. Those that are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes also need to avoid smoking. The two things combined could result in decreased circulation, and did you know, that a good proportion of people who both smoke and suffer from diabetes end up having a limb amputated as a result? In addition to this, the amount of oxygen is able to carry dwindles, this is because it needs to take the carbon monoxide out of the body. This can stop oxygen getting to where it needs to go. In addition to this, the carbon monoxide will also affect how well the heart pumps. In short, the consequences are huge.
how can quitting smoking be helpful?
Well, those that quit smoking can get their body back into the condition it used to be in. It is never too late. It will start to heal itself and your chances of suffering from heart disease will dwindle back to that of a normal person. In fact, you should start to feel better within a number of days.
How to Quit Smoking AND What Should I Do First to Stop Smoking?
Many people find that quitting smoking is incredibly difficult. Thankfully however, there are a number of methods out there, and you just need to find the one that suits you the best. For example, some people may find that quitting smoking ‘cold turkey’ is the way to go. Others may go down the route of hypnotism, or others may use nicotine patches and gum. They will then gradually cut back on the supply to ensure that their body doesn’t suffer any ill consequences whilst quitting. Before you start to quit, I suggest that you look through as many methods as possible to ensure that you find the right one for you. One word of warning here, you should absolutely never attempt to give up smoking unless you have true motivation to do so, it will never work, no matter which method you try, so don’t waste your time. If you don’t feel as though you are ready, wait until you are.
How can I avoid smoking again?
One of the biggest problems that many people face when quitting smoking is that they are often thrown into situations where they are tempted to smoke again, and this is a problem which is going to plague you for the rest of your life. Sadly, the only thing that is really stopping you from smoking is your own will power. However, you can also try and avoid situations where smoking may be rampant, for example lunch breaks at work. You should also inform your friends and family that you don’t wish for them to smoke around you.
How will I feel when I quit smoking?
When you quit smoking, you will feel changed. In fact, you may feel a lot better within a couple of days. This means that your breathing is going to be far easier. In addition to this, a couple of weeks down the line you may feel less chest pain, a common problem caused by angina. At the early stages of quitting however you may feel a great deal of angst as you are denying your body something it craves. Don’t worry though, this is something you will eventually overcome.