We are aware of the ill effects of smoking and we know that it clogs the lungs and increases the risk of lung cancer. Apart from that, smoking can seriously damage your veins, blood vessels and heart. Cutting down on the cigarettes does not spare you of this risk. Mild smoking or even passive smoking can fill your veins with toxins which can later lead to life-threatening conditions in future such as coronary artery disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
If you already suffer from diabetes, obesity, or hormonal problems it is probable that your risk of artery and vein damage is more. Experiencing shortness of breath, numbness in your hands, feet, legs or arms, increased heartbeat, or dizziness, can be few warning signs of a possible vein damage.
Cigarette smoke and veins :
Nicotine, the addictive chemical present in cigarettes can make your blood vessels narrow. Smoking limits the blood flow through your arteries and veins. Lesser amount of blood flows through them and the heart will need to work extra hard and consequently increases your heart’s need for oxygen. But the carbon monoxide present in cigarette smoke reduces the amount of oxygen present in your blood, and this places an extra burden on your heart.
Carbon monoxide and nicotine damages the arterial walls when fatty deposits called plaques start to build up. Plaques further constrict the blood vessels and the heart is strained even more. Excess plaque buildup in your arteries can result in conditions like atherosclerosis. Over time, the blood vessels lose their flexibility and become hard. Nicotine can cause even blood clots which can affect not only the veins but your entire body. Apart from nicotine, cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals which are highly toxic, and these chemicals also contribute to narrowing of blood vessels and restrict the circulation of blood.
Varicose veins and smoking :
Presence of painful, unsightly varicose veins or spider veins are signs of already damaged veins. Though smoking does not necessarily cause varicose veins, the chances of getting them are higher if you smoke. Varicose veins raise your risk for conditions like deep vein thrombosis which can lead to life threatening conditions such as pulmonary embolism when blood clots are developed.
When you quit smoking :
Your veins have the capability of repairing themselves once you quit smoking. But your habit might have already created sufficient damage to your arteries and veins, and it is better that you conduct a proper vascular evaluation. It takes several years after you quit smoking for your cardiovascular system to be as healthy as it would be if you had never smoked.
Talking to your doctor about quitting smoking is a great attempt to improve your vein health. If you are worried about your vein health and would like a proper evaluation, call Avis vascular center for an appointment with our vascular experts.
Talk to our vascular expert at Avis Vascular center to know the treatment options best suited for you.
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