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Quitting Smoking After a Heart Attack
What Smoking Does to Your Heart
- Atherosclerosis—by further narrowing your blood vessels and reducing blood supply throughout your body
- High blood pressure—narrowed blood vessels make the heart work harder, which can also raise your heart rate
- Increased risk of blood clots—which can cause another heart attack or stroke
- Lower high-density lipoprotein, or the good type of cholesterol
- Coronary artery disease after bypass surgery
- Decreased intolerance for activities, including exercise
- Other health conditions such as, cancer, diabetes, and lung disorders
What Quitting Can Do for You
Lower Your Risk of Heart and other Diseases
Feel Healthier, Look Better
Ready to Quit?
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
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Heart attack recovery FAQs. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Heart-Attack-Recovery-FAQS%5FUCM%5F303936%5FArticle.jsp. Updated March 22, 2013. Accessed October 14, 2013.
Smoking and heart disease. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/smoking/smoking%5Fhrtds.aspx. Accessed October 14, 2013.
Smoking cessation strategies for hospitalized patients. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated July 25, 2013. Accessed October 14, 2013.
Taking care of yourself. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/CardiacRehab/Taking-Care-of-Yourself%5FUCM%5F307091%5FArticle.jsp. Updated November 29, 2011. Accessed October 14, 2013.
What happens to your body when you quit smoking? Office on Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/smoking-how-to-quit/tools/what-happens-when-you-quit-smoking.cfm. Updated May 19, 2010. Accessed October 14, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013
- Update Date: 10/14/2013