Does Smoking Damage the Heart?

Yes, smoking can damage the heart. The heart is the organ that supplies blood and oxygen to all parts of the body. It is about the size of a clenched fist, weighs about 10.5 ounces and is shaped like a cone. The heart is the most important muscle in the body. Circulation of blood also picks up waste products like poisons from cigarette smoke and carries them to different parts of the body. So cigarette smoking can cause serious damage to the heart.

What is Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a disease which produces is a build-up of plaque inside our arteries. Plaque is composed of fatty deposits, cholesterol, calcium and other substances. These substances will, over time, cause the arteries to become narrower. This therefore lessen the flow of blood to the brain, heart and other areas of the body.

Heart attacks, strokes, heart diseases and most other cardiovascular diseases are primarily caused by atherosclerosis. The toxins and poisons coming from the cigarette smoke when entering the blood stream greatly contribute to developing atherosclerosis. This is accelerated by the build up of the plaque inside the arteries. Smoking can also cause raised cholesterol.

Heart attack

People who have atherosclerosis can suffer a heart attack as a blockage in the main artery may cause restricted blood flow to the heart. This causes pain and the person will have a heart attack. The main reason is because the blood and the oxygen it carries cannot pass through the main artery or the vessels supplying blood to the heart. This causes damage to the heart muscle and the heart or that area that is depleted of much needed blood flow may subsequently dies as a result.

Angina

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when a person has insufficient blood and oxygen supplying the heart or an area of the heart muscle. It can be caused by physical exertion but it can also be due to smoking. Angina usually does not cause death whereas a heart attack may result in death.

Stroke

Smoking cigarettes puts people at a higher risk of suffering a stroke or cerebrovascular accident(CVA). A stroke occurs when there is a lack of blood and oxygen reaching a part of the brain causing brain cells to die. Lack of oxygen to the brain is often caused by atherosclerosis in the artery that leads to the brain, which restricts the blood flow and therefore the amount of oxygen that is carried with it. As the blood flow is restricted due to the fatty deposit build up, which narrows the arteries, a blood clot may form and a stroke will result as the tissues around the brain are starved of oxygen.

The effects and benefits of giving up smoking on the cardiovascular system are often immediate and greatly reduce the risk of suffering any of these diseases. Once a smoker stops smoking atherosclerosis is slowed down, the blood is less likely to clot and oxygen and blood can pass through the arteries more freely and more easily, which relieves stress on the heart and lessens the damage on the heart. Cholesterol levels are also reduced, which will slow the build-up of cholesterol in the arteries.

Perhaps you are a Smoker

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist.

Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit smoking in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee. You can also book online giving you the choice of date and time.
Or call Maureen on 1300 619 684 or have a look at those people who have quit smoking and loving their new life.

How Does Smoking Affect Teeth

The majority of contemporary anti-smoking adds and promotions focus on the internal effects of smoking cigarettes such as cancer, heart disease, emphysema, indigestion and so many more. Not as much emphasis is placed on the smoke effects on teeth.

Smoking Affects Teeth

How Smoking Affects Teeth

Losing teeth due to smoking can not only affect the ability to eat, it can be quiet restrictive with the quality and quantity of food. Smoking also affects the gums which can cause not only tooth decay but also loss of teeth plus gum recession.

Why are Teeth so Affected by Smoking?

Inhaling smoke into the body affects every part of the body and especially the blood vessels and the airways via the lungs. The teeth are therefore affected in two ways, firstly directly by inhaling and the second way is through the circulation.

When we breathe in we breath in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. During this process there is an exchange of gases in the lungs where the lungs take up the oxygen and then gives back the carbon dioxide. This process during smoking is very damaging to the teeth when a person is smoking as it is affecting the teeth directly. More importantly it is affecting the circulation and of course that is why we see the way the smoke effects teeth.

4 Ways Smoking Affects Oral Health

Creates Tartar and Plaque

Some chemicals in tobacco affect the flow of saliva in the mouth. This makes it easier for oral bacteria to attach to gums and teeth. This smooth bacterial plaque can develop on teeth and along the gum line. This needs to be removed daily, otherwise it can harden into tartar. This tartar can be so hard it needs a dentist to remove it. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease or periodontal disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out.

Smoking Interferes with Blood Circulation

When brushing teeth or even flossing, smokers are more likely to see their gums bleed and this happens more commonly with smokers.
The normal function of gum tissue is impacted by smoking. This causes infections and restricts blood flow. Healing time may be reduced after oral surgery for dental implants, tooth extraction or treatment of gum disease.  Therefore the recovery process may be difficult.

Smoking Leads to Oral Cancer

According to WebMD, about 90 percent of people diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, throat or lips used tobacco. Smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancers.

Bad Breath and Stained Teeth

Smoking can cause bad breath and often people notice their teeth are stained to a yellow colour.

Caring for your Teeth

We know smoking or use tobacco products increase the risk of oral health problems. However brushing twice daily, after breakfast and before bedtime will go a long way to protecting your teeth. Another important strategy is to each day especially after brushing the teeth at night.

Visit your dentist and have an assessment done so you know what needs to be done and ask for advice on how you can improve your oral hygiene.

Quitting smoking is the most important way of protecting the teeth and of course other areas of the body. This is often a challenge to people especially when they have possibly tried so many other ways/methods.

Are you a Smoker?

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist.

Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit cigarettes in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.
Call Maureen on 1300 619 684 or have a look at those people who have quit smoking and loving their new life.

Why Are People Still Smoking Cigarettes?

Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is not good for them. Everyone knows they spend too much money on cigarettes.

So, why do People Continue to Smoke?

And better yet, why is it so hard for those people who are still smoking. Research shows that 63% of smokers want to quit. But they don’t. Why?

Because we are all different!

Reasons why People are Still Smoking Cigarettes

• Some people do not want to put on weight
• Some people do not want to go through the withdrawal symptoms.
• Some people do not think they have the will power to quit cigarettes
• Some people smoke to relieve stress and relax
• Some people are addicted to cigarettes

The biggest reason of all – because smoking cigarettes is not actually under their control.

How Many Cigarettes do Smokers Enjoy?

How many cigarettes a day do you actually enjoy? If you are like most, maybe 4-5. All the other cigarettes you smoke, you do it almost unconsciously. Smoking cigarettes is usually done by your unconscious mind. You may recall a time when you had planned to only smoke a certain number of cigarettes during the day. Then you look down and find that wretched cigarette in your hand.

It is like driving. When you first learned how to drive you had to consciously think about it. But what do you do now when you drive? You go down the road, eating your lunch, talking on your phone, and/or playing with the stereo. You drive unconsciously.

When you first started to smoke you did it consciously. But now it is something your unconscious mind does automatically.  Your unconscious mind is so efficient, it actually reminds you when to smoke.

So unless you deal with the individual reasons unique to you, you will struggle with quitting cigarettes long term.

So if you would like to become a non smoker and remain a non smoker for life book your appointment now.

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Impact of Smoking on Breathing

Most people really enjoy a cigarette after a meal.  Why? Deep breathing can greatly assist in calming down your body and mind. It’s re-energizing and soothing, but did you know that it also aids in digestion?

So why is Deep Breathing Important When Quitting?

A person usually takes approximately 5 deep breaths with each cigarette they smoke. If they smoke 15 cigarettes a day, that is 75 deep breaths a day. People often stop taking those deep breaths as non smokers. As non smokers it is important to fill the lungs and give them a chance to recover from the onslaught of toxins and chemicals that have been going into their lungs, sometimes for years.

Regular Health Checks

Some people become alarmed as they cough up more phlegm over the first couple of weeks of stopping smoking. This usually subsides and if there is a concern then they need to contact their doctor. So the more deep breaths, the quicker the lungs will recover.

Are you Worried about Being a Smoker?

Are you feeling the effects of smoking especially on your breathing? Are you seeking a drug free solution? Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and will step you through from being a smoker to a non smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.

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