Smoking and Heart Disease–Begin the QUIT!


Shilpa Kshatriya, MD

Everyone knows that smoking causes lung disease but it also causes heart disease, strokes and aneurysms.

Smokers have a 2 to 4 times higher risk of  heart attacks than non- smokers and female smokers have a higher risk of a heart attack than male smokers despite using the same number of cigarettes. Even smoking 1 cigarette a day increases the risk of heart disease 3 times compared to nonsmokers. Second- hand smoking also increases your risk of having a heart attack by 30%..

If you quit you can drop your risk of heart disease by 50% after a year.

Strategies to QUIT Smoking:

  1. Set a Quit Date and sign a NO-SMOKING CONTRACT in front of witnesses like friends and family
  2. Choose a method for quitting
  • “cold turkey”—stop smoking all at once on your Quit Day
  • Gradually reduce the number of cigarettes each day until you stop smoking completely
  • Decide whether you would like to try medicines to help you quit
  1. Talk to your doctor about your desire to quit
  2. Join a smoking cessation program
  3. Make a list of activities you can do instead of smoking
  4. Stop smoking in certain situations, i.e. after lunch, during your work break

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