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Smoking Can Lead to Heart Disease

09/08/2014

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by Kim Olson, tobacco treatment specialist for INTEGRIS

Smoking is still the number one preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, and can lead to heart disease and various forms of cancer. Kim Olsen, the tobacco treatment specialist for INTEGRIS, discusses the affects of smoking on your arteries, as well as how you can improve your risk at heart disease when you stop smoking.
Hi. I'm Kim Olson, the Tobacco Treatment Specialist for INTEGRIS Health. Today I want to talk to you, just briefly, about smoking and heart disease. Smoking is still the number one preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Smoking can cause dangerous plaque to build up in the arteries in the blood vessels of the heart, which can cause clotting. That clotting can ultimately lead to heart attack or even stroke. Even secondhand smoke can cause a sudden heart attack for someone. Quitting smoking will improve your heart health. After just one year, your risk of heart attack drops sharply. Even after you've quit smoking for five years, your risk for heart attack or stroke decreases to one half to one third. If you would like more information on how to quit smoking, you can contact the INTEGRIS HealthLine at 888-951-2277. Thank you

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