Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Tobacco smoke damages the functioning of the heart and the structure / function of blood vessels.
Cigarette smoke damages almost all organs, but is particularly damaging to your heart. The chemicals in tobacco smoke contaminate blood cells and affect the heart’s ability to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, leading to a number of dangerous health conditions, such as: coronary heart desease, high blood pressure, Heart attack, and Aneurysms as well as plaque build-up – a waxy substance made up of cholesterol, scar tissue, fat, and other materials – that can cause it stroke or death.
But your body is resilient: your heart rate begins to drop after just twenty minutes without a cigarette. after 12 hours the carbon monoxide level in the blood returns to normal; Within four years of quitting, your stroke risk drops dramatically to the level of a never-smoker.
Use this Monday to finish or re-commit to your termination; Your heart will thank you!