Heartbreaker: What Smoking Does To Your Heart
Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs - it also destroys your cardiovascular and circulatory systems. This is just one of the zillions of reasons that it is a leading cause of preventable death in many countries. In the U.S. alone, one out of five heart-related deaths is caused by smoking.
Cigarette smoke and the chemicals within it cause damage to your heart in a number of ways. One of the most common is a condition called atherosclerosis, which is described as a hardening of the arteries. Carbon monoxide in combustible cigs wears away at the protective lining of the arteries, allowing plaque to build up so that they narrow and don’t deliver blood as efficiently to your body. Just another charming item on the list of terrible things cigarettes do to you.
The plaque that builds up in your arteries also builds up in your heart itself. This puts smokers at a much higher risk for coronary heart disease, which can lead to arrhythmias or even death. Toxins in combustible cigs also make your blood more likely to clot, which can cause heart attacks. According to the British Heart Foundation, smokers are twice as likely to suffer from heart attacks as non-smokers.
The facts are out there, and it’s obvious that combustible cigarettes literally break your heart.