How Smoking Affects Your Vascular Health
You probably already know that smoking is a leading cause of cancers of the respiratory system, but did you know that it also affects your circulatory system? Smoking inflicts considerable damage on the blood vessels, placing smokers at a high risk of all sorts of vascular diseases. These include atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. Smokers are also at a higher risk of requiring peripheral artery disease treatment and they are more likely to require specialized care from a vein specialist in Houston.
Every time you inhale cigarette smoke, the toxins rapidly infiltrate the bloodstream. The blood becomes thicker, which increases the risk of clot formation such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The heart is forced to work harder. Despite increased efforts by the heart, the organs and other tissues throughout the body do not receive sufficient oxygenated blood because the blood vessels are constricted. In smokers, vascular diseases are more likely to turn fatal, such as when a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke occurs.