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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you get cardiovascular disease from smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Hennig
Surgery - Thoracic 20 years experience
Absolutely: One of the strongest risk factors for cardiovascular disease is smoking. It causes both the blood vessels to the heart as well as those to the rest of the body to become narrowed and diseased. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to extend your life. Chewing tobacco carries less of a risk than smoking, but studies show health risks with heart attacks as well.
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Thoracic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: All forms of tobacco use can lead to cardiovascular effects.
Last updated Apr 4, 2014

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