Most people associate cigarette smoking with breathing problems and lung cancer. Did you know that smoking is also a major cause of heart disease for men and women?

According to the American Heart Association, more than half of all smoking-related deaths are from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke. And a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease greatly increases with the number of cigarettes he or she smokes. Smokers continue to increase their risk of disease the longer they smoke. People who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day have more than twice the risk of heart attack than non-smokers. Women who smoke and also take birth control pills increase several times their risk of heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

How Does Smoking Increase Heart Disease Risk?

Nicotine in cigarettes speeds up the heart and also narrows the arteries, making it harder for enough blood to get to the heart. Smoking along with high cholesterol significantly increases your risk of heart disease.

Assisted Smoking Cessation
with The Heart Institute of Venice

There’s no one way to quit smoking that works for everyone. To quit, you must be ready both emotionally and mentally. You must also want to quit smoking for yourself, and not to please your friends or family. It helps to plan ahead.

The Heart Institute of Venice offers a Smoking Cessation Clinic to assist patients who want to quit smoking. Patients meet with trained clinicians who develop a quit smoking plan based on individual requirements. The clinicians offer encouragement and support throughout the process. In addition, the Institute’s physicians review each plan and follow each patient’s progress.

Quitting On Your Own

If you want to try quitting smoking on your own, here are some helpful links to get you started: