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The effects of smoking and high blood pressure are devastating. Although smokers say smoking make them feel more relaxed, in actuality the nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco is an extremely strong stimulant that constricts your arteries and reduces blood flow.
Nicotine is a naturally occurring phytochemical and is a stimulant that revs up the autonomic nervous system - the nerves that control involuntary body functions, such as heartbeat, breathing and the expansion of blood vessels.
When cigarette smokers inhale tobacco smoke into their lungs they get a virtual instantaneous nicotine hit within their brain after ten seconds of puffing. Cigar and pipe smokers rarely inhale so they absorb nicotine relatively slowly through the mucous membrane lining of their mouth.
Nicotine activates pleasure messages within the brain that fades in a few minutes. So to maintain the high a smoker takes a second puff, then a third, and so on throughout a day.
But this addiction isn't the only hazard to your health. In large doses it can overload and shut down vital body systems producing symptoms such as:
And thats only a few of the producing symptoms.
Smokers die of malignant hypertension more than any other high-risk group. This is the number one cause of sudden death due to heart attack.
Suppose I was to tell you that if you quit smoking and you are in your 40's, it means you will be enjoying these activities so much more:
You benefit if you stop smoking no matter your age or physical condition.
Would these benefits change your habit, or possibly have you stop smoking? Of course, you would. All you need to do is quit smoking. I know you are thinking that's easy for me to say but much harder for you to do.
You need to know that you benefit whenever you stop smoking no matter your age or physical condition. Also I am here to give you all the available tools to help you make this change, especially if you are smoking and high blood pressure is diagnosis.
Here you will discover the effects of smoking if you have high blood pressure and ways you can quit.
Smoking and high blood pressure are hazardous for your blood vessels, as continuous smoking makes your blood vessels harden which then causes blood flow difficulty and so triggers hypertension.
a colorless, poisonous chemical that is used to kill insect, is present
in cigarettes, and chewing tobacco can cause constriction in your blood
arteries which makes the heart work more than normal. The more you smoke, the higher the nicotine level in your blood stream and the higher your blood pressure.
Now the oxygen in your blood decreases as the nicotine directly stimulates the production of epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, a hormone that raises blood pressure in the adrenal gland.
Smoking also contains carbon monoxide which is a destructive ingredient that affects the hemoglobin in your blood. This can cause serious damage to your heart. You are at risk for different medical consequences of high blood pressure and also diseases such as mouth and lung cancer associated with smoking.
The healing starts within twelve hours as the carbon monoxide levels in your body falls. Your heart and lungs will begin to function more normal, lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.
Within eight hours, the levels of oxygen in your circulation increase. In forty-eight hours the stickiness of your blood reduces and within three months your peripheral circulation significantly improves.
So now you see what smoking and high blood pressure can do to your health and the quality of your life.
Follow these tips and you'll reap these great short and long term health benefits:
There are two effective ways for you to quit smoking and they are nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation aids. Some you may be able to buy over the counter at your local pharmacy but the other requires a prescription from your doctor.
Nicotine replacement therapy includes nicotine gum, lozenge, patches, nasal spray and inhalers. This therapy delivers small doses of nicotine to reduce your withdrawal symptoms.
If smoking and high blood pressure are associated with nicotine intake, plan to use this therapy as short a time as possible because nicotine in this form still raises your blood pressure.
Smoking Cessation Aids does not contain nicotine but do decrease your withdrawal symptoms. There seems to be new products almost daily on the television but these aids, like Zyban, are prescribed by your physician.
For more information, read the
American Heart Association views on what are the effects of smoking on blood pressure.