Your heart works really hard to help your body function optimally. Not only does it help pump blood throughout your body, but it also helps circulate oxygenated blood throughout your body.  While it may seem simple enough to keep this organ healthy, know that there are a few things you do in your daily life, that damage your heart. One of the leading causes for heart related ailments being smoking.  You may also like to read about the 25 things that happen in your body when you smoke.


How does it affect your heart?
Smoking not only causes your blood vessels to constrict (making it harder for blood to pass through them), but it also increases blood pressure and your heart rate, so much so that it can even cause irregular heart beats. All of which puts immense pressure on your heart. Apart from that, smoking has also been linked to the formation of plaque in your arteries (leading to atherosclerosis) which can put you at risk of suffering from a heart attack.  You may also like to read about these 10 reasons smoking is bad for you.

What you can do about it.
Quit. It’s as simple as that. Easier said than done, quitting the bad habit is the only way to keep your heart healthy. Wondering how you can quit? Here are some tips that can help.

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