Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease

Covering Smoking and Cardiovascular Health and System

In as much as smoking causes lung cancer, smoking and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in smoking people.

Smoking and cardio in short refers to any damage done to , or disease of the heart, arteries, veins and smaller blood vessels. On this page I will focus on other cardiac disease and conditions and exclude heart disease which is covered in detail here.

The cardiovascular system is the circulatory system that transports nutrients, blood gases, hormones, blood cells, waste products and so on through out the body. Whenever you smoke a cigarette you pour poison into your bloodstream that damages your cardio system. The particular culprits are nicotine and carbon monoxide.

Regrettably people who themselves do not smoke are unwittingly exposed to smoking and cardio disease via second hand smoke and third hand smoke. There is not yet conclusive research on the real link to third hand smoke.

Apart from heart disease, smoking and cardiovascular disease relates to stroke and peripheral vascular disease. An estimated 13% of cardio disease deaths are as a result of smoking. Smoking causes stroke by blocking arteries to the brain. A stroke occurs when when blood supply to the brain is blocked or when there has been a rapture causing blood escape into the brain.


All in all people who smoke double the risk of having a stroke of a person who has never smoked all their life. The risk of stroke from smoking is directly related to the the length of time you have been smoking and how much you smoke in a day.

A rampant miscalculation in young people who smoke is that strokes are a preserve for older people in their 60s and 70s. In fact people in their 20s and 30s equally die from strokes. The effects of smoke to your cardiovascular system have nothing to do with age. Whether young or older the damage is real and the consequences follow swiftly.

Mostly associated with age thus occurring in older people, peripheral vascular disease is yet another smoking and cardiovascular disease that is common.It involves the narrowing of peripheral veins such as the dorsal digital vein at the feet due to blockages caused by cigarette's harmful substances.

Smoking and cardiovascular health is not only linked to the feet and legs but also to the arms and hands. Sharp pain is experienced in the limbs while walking or resting. In worst cases amputation is unavoidable due to total lack of blood supply to the limbs. This is a surgical intervention to avoid gangrene.

The real remedy in dealing with these diseases is in stopping smoking. There are immediate benefits to one's health. Stroke risk is drastically reduced over time when smoking ceases. The body has a fascinating ability to repair self overtime if given a chance.


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