Everyone is aware of the dangers and risks involved with smoking, but did you know that smoking is a major factor of arterial disease and can cause many more vein issues as well?
Smoking is one of the leading contributors of cardiovascular disease and is totally preventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), smoking is the foremost preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Quitting smoking is your best bet to avoid varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and even more serious cardiovascular conditions such as coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, and heart attacks.
A smoker is someone who uses tobacco products on an occasional or daily basis. Smokers stand at a much higher risk of being afflicted with varicose veins and other vascular issues. Don’t be mistaken, though—anyone who uses tobacco products or is exposed to secondhand smoke can increase their likelihood of contracting a cardiovascular disease.
Smoking tobacco products deposits chemicals into the bloodstream that actually thickens blood and reduces oxygen, thereby slowing blood flow. This reduced blood flow can directly relate to spider veins and varicose veins.
Unfortunately, smoking does not stop there. Nicotine causes arteries to harden and narrow, making the likelihood of blood clots much more likely. Studies have shown that a deep vein thrombosis is fifty percent more likely to occur in a smoker than a non-smoker.
Those who smoke tobacco from a source other than cigarettes are not immune from the effects either. Individuals who smoke cigars and pipes are inhaling the same chemicals that contribute to cigarette smokers’ increased risks.
By quitting smoking, people can lessen the risk of developing harmful venous conditions; it will immediately reduce your risk of heart attack and developing heart disease.
Over time, those who no longer smoke are shown to have a lower risk of contracting atherosclerosis and blood clots. There is still hope, and for many there is still time. Quitting now will help your heart live as long as you want to.
Goldman Vein Institute is Florida’s leading vascular treatment center. Our specialists will diagnose, treat, and manage symptoms of venous conditions. If you have been affected by varicose or spider veins, leg ulcers, or other debilitating conditions, contact us today or send a message online.