Why Quitting Tobacco (Consumption& Chewing) is Good for Your Heart 

In a world where health takes centre stage, the effects of tobacco consumption on the heart cannot be ignored. While the dangers of tobacco use are widely known, the specific effects on the heart might not be as well understood. Tobacco contains toxic compounds that can damage blood vessels, raise blood pressure, and cause cholesterol plaque to build up in the arteries. One of the best things you can do for your healthy heart is to give up tobacco consumption.

Below are some of the many health benefits that you can experience by quitting tobacco consumption today.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease:

The threat of heart ailment substantially will increase with tobacco intake. However, you could lessen this risk and improve your coronary heart health with the aid of quitting tobacco use. Studies suggest that the threat of heart disease decreases to that of a non-tobacco user after numerous years of cessation. Furthermore, the longer you chorus from tobacco intake, the greater swiftly your hazard diminishes.

Lowered Blood Pressure:

After 20 minutes of quitting tobacco consumption, your blood pressure and heart rate reduce. The instantaneous rise in blood pressure brought on by tobacco consumption strains the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure eventually returns to normal after you stop tobacco consumption. Lowering blood pressure decreases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems.

Improved Blood Circulation:

When someone consumes tobacco, the blood vessels in the body lose elasticity and shrink, leading to restricted oxygen and blood flow to critical organs such as the heart. However, quitting tobacco consumption improves circulation, reducing strain on the heart, enhancing overall circulatory function, and lessening the strain on the heart.

Decreased Risk of Blood Clots:

Tobacco consumption raises the chance of blood clots, which can obstruct blood flow to the brain or heart and cause strokes or heart attacks. Quitting tobacco consumption causes the blood to become less sticky, lowering the risk of life-threatening blood clots. This lessens the risk of potentially fatal cardiovascular events, including stroke.

Reduced Inflammation:

Tobacco consumption causes inflammation in the blood vessels and other parts of the body. Chronic inflammation is a major contributing element to the onset of heart disease. By stopping tobacco consumption, you can lower inflammation levels and decrease the risk of heart-related issues, allowing the blood vessels to repair.

Enhanced Lung Function:

The lungs are harmed by tobacco consumption, and their ability to carry oxygen to the body is diminished. Better oxygen exchange is possible when you stop tobacco consumption because your lungs function better. This helps the heart by guaranteeing an appropriate oxygen supply and lessening the burden on the cardiovascular system.

Tobacco consumption is a ticking time bomb for your heart. But the power to defuse it lies within you. Each instance of tobacco consumption weakens your heart, each tobacco-free day strengthens it. Imagine a future where your lungs breathe deeply, your heart beats rhythmically, and your body brims with vitality. That future is closer than you think. Choosing to quit tobacco consumption is a huge step towards living a healthy life, and though it may feel insurmountable, it’s not. Quitting is the right thing to do for your health.

Dr. Ameet G. Sattur, Consultant Interventional Cardiology, HCG Suchirayu Hospitals, Hubli

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