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Chapter 6: Smoking and heart disease Cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can shrink coronary arteries, making it difficult for blood to circulate. Smoking can also cause the lining PLAY VIDEO of blood vessels to become stickier, Smoking which makes blood clots more likely—increasing the risk of stroke. As soon as you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease and stroke starts to drop. In time, your risk will be about the same as if you’d never smoked. © American College of Cardiology. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Smoking and its effect on the heart The nicotine and carbon monoxide in smoke temporarily increase your blood pressure, heart rate and the amount of blood pumped by your heart. 44


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