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.

Why is it so Hard to Stop Smoking?

I am sure many smokers have asked themselves or their doctor this question.  People often say they were able to stop Marijuana easily but they cannot stop smoking. Which raises the question, is it really an addiction or a very powerful habit? Most people have managed to stop smoking briefly such as air flights or hospitalisation. So why is it so hard to stop smoking permanently?

Excuses and Reasons for Not Quitting the Smoking Habit

Making excuses and having convincing reasons, normally deter people and stop them from quitting smoking. Stress is the biggest excuse people cite to defend their smoking habit. Stress related to work or stress at home or worrying about kids, is the common reason everyone gives for smoking. Many of them smoke to relax and unwind themselves. Whereas some people just do it for fun and for pleasure. Lack of willpower dissuades them from facing situations and trying to quit the smoking habit once they have developed it.

Quit the Smoking Habit

Most people agree smoking is a very powerful habit. Our unconscious mind is like a sponge taking in information, positive or negative. How often do you hear or see information that says smoking is an addiction, such as media, articles, images or even self talk. This can be so powerful and convincing we start to believe it. When people go cold turkey, this message becomes more convincing as they feel the side effects of stopping.

Quit Smoking with Hypnosis

Understand that smoking is a habit. Yes that can be challenging however how can a person walk in to do hypnosis to quit smoking and walk out a non smoker? Because it is a habit!

Cigarettes contain sugar and we know that sugar is very addictive.  So be prepared with fruit or some other healthy option to replace the sugar. Water is going to be very important too, as smoking dehydrates the body. As a non smoker your body is going to be craving water, food and sugar.

Eat healthy to Avoid Weight Gain after Quitting Smoking

Weight gain could be an outcome so eat healthy to avoid this. The wonderful part of our body is that the energy kicks in around Day 4. So eating healthy and picking up the exercises will be a huge help to maintaining weight.  The other point to mention is once you become a non smoker you will be very hungry so be prepared with healthy food. Of course there are many other tips that will help. So do check out the other articles on this site.

If you are a smoker and want to stop, then contact Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton on 1300 619 684 or check out this website for more valuable information.  Maureen has helped over a thousand people to stop smoking in only one session.  She also offers a Lifetime Guarantee so if you start smoking again you come back without any cost to you – it is a win win situation.