Health Tip: Smoking Affects Heart Health09/30/13
(HealthDay News) -- Smoking is harmful to nearly every part of
the body, but it's particularly dangerous for the heart.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says
- Damages blood cells, blood vessels and affects heart
- Increases the risk of atherosclerosis, in which plaque build-up
causes narrowing of the blood vessels and increases the risk of
coronary disease. Coronary disease increases the risk of heart
attack, irregular heartbeat and heart failure.
- Increases the risk of peripheral artery disease, which can lead
to heart attack, heart disease and stroke.
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