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Can smoking contribute to a heart attack?

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Dr. Brian Fishman
Dr. Brian Fishmananswered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Yes: Risk factors for heart attacks include age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, and tobacco use. Among other things, smoking leads to chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) that forces the heart to work harder to maintain the same level of perfusion, predisposing to a number of cardiomyopathies including right-sided heart failure and myocardial infarction.
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
YES !!!!: Yes it is an important addressable risk factor.

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