How Smoking Affects the Heart and Blood Vessels

Have you heard that smoking is not good for your health? Most people have heard this hundreds of times. But despite the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes, many people still choose to partake in the habit. People commonly talk about the risks of developing lung cancer and other respiratory problems as a result of smoking. But smoking can also affect the ability of the heart to function properly.

Following are a few ways in which smoking can affect the heart and blood vessels:

  • Increases the risk of heart disease
  • Increases the risk of peripheral vascular disease
  • Increases the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Increases the risk of peripheral arterial disease

Why is Smoking Bad for the Heart?
It’s easy to see why smoking is bad for the lungs. When a person breathes in smoke, the smoke is immediately brought into the respiratory system. It’s simple to see the correlation between inhaling smoke and negative respiratory consequences. But smoking cigarettes also negatively affects the heart in several ways. First, smoking increases the heart rate. It also tightens major arteries and can cause the heart to beat irregularly. All of these consequences cause the heart to work harder than it should.

Other ways in which smoking negatively affects the heart:

  • Increases the risk of stroke
  • Raises blood pressure
  • Leads to atherosclerosis
  • Increases the risk of a heart attack

No Question About it… Smoking is Dangerous
It’s important to stress the fact that smoking is dangerous for the heart and blood vessels – even for occasional or recreational smokers. It is naive to think that smoking occasionally is safe just because it’s not done on a regular basis. No matter how frequently or infrequently you smoke you still cause damage to your heart and blood vessels every time you take a puff of a cigarette.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “Cigarette smoking causes about 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States each year. It’s the main preventable cause of death and illness in the United States.” Not only does smoking directly affect the ability of your heart and blood vessels to function properly, but the chemicals that are present in tobacco also cause damage to your blood cells.

Our website contains a comprehensive list of heart disease risk factors. Some are uncontrollable but some are controllable. Smoking is one of the factors that is CONTROLLABLE. Find out your potential heart attack risk rate by contacting Boone Heart Institute today and scheduling an appointment for a Carotid-IMT test.

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Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

HeartAttack_WarningSigns-with-shadow1Some heart attacks come suddenly and without any obvious warning signs. But in a large number of cases, there are signs that something is wrong long before a heart attack occurs. Many people who experience the symptoms of an impending heart attack do not recognize the signs as overly dangerous, and they either ignore them or chalk them up to simply not feeling well. Some people have described the early warning signs of a looming heart attack as a feeling similar to indigestion. Sometimes people report that the early symptoms of a heart attack resemble how they’ve felt when they’ve been in a stressful situation.

Heart attacks are the top killer of both men and women in the United States. More than 1 million people in the United States alone suffer from heart attacks each year. Almost half of those heart attacks are deadly. While these numbers are staggering, there is a bit of positive news about heart attacks: people who recognize the early warning signs of a heart attack stand a much greater chance of survival. In fact, if a heart attack is looming and it is caught before it actually happens, the chances of survival are very positive.

What’s Happening? Why Do I Feel This Way?

The early symptoms of an approaching heart attack may vary slightly in different people. Additionally, a person who experienced a heart attack previously might not experience the same exact symptoms when a second or third heart attack is imminent.

Following are examples of common pre-heart attack symptoms:

  • Chest pain and chest pressure
  • A feeling in the chest that is painful or feels as if something is squeezing it
  • A painful jaw, tooth or head
  • Unable to take a full breath
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Pain in either arm
  • Pain in the upper back
  • Feeling like you are getting sick

In some situations, you may not feel any symptoms ahead of the onset of a heart attack. And, some of the above mentioned symptoms can seem quite mild, which is why many people ignore the early signs that a heart attack might occur. However, it is important to recognize that even mild symptoms should cause you to seek medical attention. Mild symptoms do not necessarily equate to a mild heart attack. If you experience any early signs of an impending heart attack, it’s essential that you get yourself evaluated. If you are able to detect a looming heart attack early, you may be able to completely avert it by obtaining proper medical treatment. If you have any doubts whatsoever, contact your doctor to schedule an appointment. If your symptoms are sudden and/or severe, it’s essential that you get to a hospital immediately. Call 9-1-1. Acting quickly may save your life.

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Multimmunity Gets An Upgrade

Why are the new Multimmunity pills clear? The answer behind the change!

We are happy to explain this important change.  First of all, the Multimmunity Formula, which has been developed and researched for over a decade, is exactly the same in these new capsules.  Rest assured that you and your loved ones are getting the same complete cellular protection you have come to count on from Multimmunity.

The new clear capsules are a significant upgrade over the previous delivery system.  We liked the red capsules because of our focus on heart health, but ultimately we decided to move on to the clear veggie capsule in order to stay on the cutting edge.

The new clear caps are 100% vegetable-based and are proven to disintegrate in the stomach in less than 2 minutes.  They use zero additives, colorings, or animal-based ingredients.  Quite simply, they are the best capsule used in the industry right now.  Also, our customers find the new pills to be a bit less “sticky” and therefore easier to swallow.

We are committed to keeping Multimmunity on the cutting edge of the micronutrient world in order to provide you with the best protection available. Click here to learn more about Multimmunity and all of it’s benefits!


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