Smoking is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and responsible for nearly 25% of all deaths from cardiovascular disease in the United States, more than 800,000 people.
Smokers, even those who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day, are two to four times more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease or suffer a heart attack, and that risk increases with both the number of cigarettes smoked and the length of time smoking continues.
Smoking affects nearly every system in your body, especially your cardiovascular system. In addition to your heart, your cardiovascular system includes the network of arteries, blood vessels, capillaries, and veins that carry blood and oxygen through your body. By interfering with the cells that line the blood vessels, causing swelling and inflammation, smoking contributes to expansive and extensive damage to every one of these system components.
Secondhand smoke can be just as detrimental to nonsmokers, even if they are healthy. Secondhand smoke has been shown to contain as many toxins and carcinogens or more as first hand smoking, causing more than 30,000 nonsmokers to die every year from coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Just by breathing secondhand smoke at home or work, nonsmokers become 20-30% more likely to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke, and damage can occur in as little as 30 minutes of exposure.
The benefits of stopping smoking cannot be overstated and begin almost immediately after your last cigarette.
Quitting smoking improves not only your cardiovascular health but the cardiovascular health of those around you. It's never too late to quit smoking and start living a better quality of life, but it's also important to remember that changes to lifetime habits don't happen overnight. The key to success is starting small while being kind to yourself and patient with setbacks.
You can increase your chances of quitting successfully by enlisting help from others. This may come from friends and family, your doctor, or a variety of online and in-person resources, including:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides smoking cessation counselors, tips, and a user-friendly quitSTART App at their website or by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW.
Smokefree.gov is a free, comprehensive online resource for individuals at every stage of their smoking cessation journey. The website includes tips for quitting smoking, including coping with stress, how to handle cravings and setbacks, and how to build a quit plan; a support texting program; and an online chat with a counselor.
Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers free smoking cessation services such as nicotine replacement therapy products, customizable cessation plans, web coaching, tips for fighting cravings, and more. Support is available 24/7 at okhelpline.com.
The doctors and staff at Cardiovascular Health Clinic are committed to helping you lead a healthy, tobacco-free life. You can schedule an appointment with one of our cardiovascular specialists to find out what quitting strategies may be best for you and your current conditions. Call our office at (405) 701-9880, email us at [email protected], or use our easy online appointment scheduler. The journey toward a healthier life begins with one step.
I’m about one month out and things are so much better. At my two week evaluation my symptom score had gone from a 27 to a 7, and I’m sure it’s even better now. That speaks volumes. Now that I’m post recovery, there is no incontinence, I go to the bathroom much less and there are no ED side effects like there are with other procedures. In regard to my quality of life, well, I don’t maintain my life based on my proximity to a bathroom anymore.
Dr. Jim Melton and all the staff are fantastic. He is an excellent surgeon and his team is GREAT!!!! I just had surgery at the surgery center, I have only great things to say about my experience. Without him I really don't think I would be here to write this. If you’re looking for a good cardiovascular team, they are a 5 star for sure.
Dr. Parsons and staff are amazing. He truly listened to me from the consult. Staff showed genuine care for my progress post procedure. I had my follow up appointment today so satisfied with results. Blake made me comfortable from the start. He is an activist for uterine fibroids treatment beyond the standard.
Professional and caring staff. Dr. Smith is very knowledgeable and shows genuine concern for your personal health. I enjoyed the background music in the procedure room, it really adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
Dr. John Schrader is the most personable doctor we know. He stays on top of my dads health care and is genuinely concerned about his health. We never leave his office with questions. He answers them all. Even questions we don’t think of. Always professional but never cold or bad bedside manner. In our opinion he is THE BEST around.
Thank you Dr Schrader.
I came to Dr. Warren by a self referral for mals when it took me 8yrs 50+ doctors and thousands of dollars spent on no answers. My first visit I was scared I was just going to be gaslighted just like the past however I was pleasantly shocked when Dr. Warren immediately believed me. She took the time to review many disk I had brought from past tests. She never once dismissed me and listened to ever word I had to say. She scheduled one last test to confirm the diagnosis then I was scheduled for surgery right away. Surgery was a success and I can’t thank her and her staff enough. Dr. Warren truly saved my life.
Dr. Garner literally saved my life 18 months ago and I've followed him to his new practice with Cardiovascular Health. He explains things so clearly, listens and is just a very nice person. His staff is great, too! I highly recommend!
Some of the nicest staff that I have ever dealt with!! They have been so incredibly awesome to my mom!! Would definitely recommend them to anyone!! Thank you so much for being so great with her!!