From Parish Nurses

17 Aug 2014 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on From Parish Nurses

Do you know the #1 cause of heart disease? Most people think of lung cancer when they think of smoking, but did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease and heart attack?

According to the American Heart Association, people who smoke are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease than non-smokers. Smoking damages the walls of your arteries, constricts blood vessels, and lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Quitting smoking can stop (and potentially reverse) much of the existing damage to your body. The American Lung Association says that one year after quitting, an ex-smoker’s heart disease risk is half that of a smoker’s, and after 15 years without lighting up, it’s as low as a nonsmoker’s.

Don’t smoke? Great! But try to stay away from tobacco smoke anyway… exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease even for nonsmokers!

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