Health Tip: Smoking Affects Heart Health
(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 smoking:
Damages blood cells, blood vessels and affects heart function.
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.
- Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study
October 24, 2014
- Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women
October 22, 2014
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's health care leader with seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Learn more about our San Diego hospitals, choose a Sharp-affiliated San Diego doctor or browse our comprehensive medical services.
Copyright ©2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.