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Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) reduce the damage done by cigarette smoking on the blood vessels?

Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) reduce the damage done by cigarette smoking on the blood vessels?

May help: Statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin) lower LDL cholesterol, as well as other forms of lipids that lead to blocked arteries and damaged arteries. They can also reduce the inflammation of the blood vessel, which is a potent driver of the process that leads to damaged and blocked arteries. Cigarette smoking causes tremendous damage to the arteries via multiple mechanisms. Best bet - STOP SMOKING!! ...Read more

Dr. Nathan Ritter
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Atorvastatin (Definition)

Atorvastatin has the brand name lipitor (atorvastatin). . Its function is to lower the body's production of cholesterol and to stabilize current cholesterol plaques. The general name for this class of medication is "statins". Other statins include Crestor (rosuvastatin) ...Read more


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If i've been smoking cigarettes for 2yrs (maybe 2 packs of cigarettes a month for the past 6 months) can that cause perment constricted blood vessels?

If i've been smoking cigarettes for 2yrs (maybe 2 packs of cigarettes a month for the past 6 months) can that cause perment constricted blood vessels?

Absolutely.: Smoking is a major cause of peripheral arterial disease (pad). In fact while pad can occur in non-smokers, smokers are at 16x higher risk. Smoking is also a major cause of coronary artery disease, which is blockages in the arteries that supply the heart. I would certainly advise quitting smoking. A combination of cessation strategies is best and this includes counseling, support groups, and meds. ...Read more

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Does smoking cigarettes permanently constrict blood vessels?

Does smoking cigarettes permanently constrict blood vessels?

Yes possibly: Smoking leads to diseases like heart disease which causes permanent narrowing of arteries however the risk of developing disease like heart disease reduce slowly after quitting. ...Read more

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For an insurance discount blood test how long will it take to get cigarette smoking to not show on test? I smoke @3 cigarettes/day.

For an insurance discount blood test how long will it take to get cigarette smoking to not show on test? I smoke @3 cigarettes/day.

1 week: You need to stop smoking as this is never a good choice. But for practical purposes you need to remain 1 week at minimum without smoking. ...Read more

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Why exactly is smoking bad for you heart and blood vessels?

Why exactly is smoking bad for you heart and blood vessels?

Atherosclerosis: It accelerates the process of atherosclerosis or clogging the arteries plus has hypercoagulable effect ie makes ur blood thicker and more prone to develop clots. Nicotine can induce spasms in the coronary arteries and periphral arteries too. ...Read more

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Im trying to quit smoking with patches is it the nicotine that constrics blood vessels or is it the other toxins in the smoke?

Im trying to quit smoking  with patches is it the nicotine that constrics blood vessels or is it the other toxins in the smoke?

Nicotine constricts: While there might be a little cross-over, in general nicotine causes the vascular effects including constriction of blood vessels, & tars/other chemicals contribute carcinogens, promoting cancer. So in using the patch, you still get the effects of nicotine (hopefully at a lower dose than a cigarette) but are spared the hundreds of other chemicals. Go ahead & use the patches ... but get off ASAP! ...Read more

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Could smoking weed decrease the blood flow to the blood vessels in my feet?

Could smoking weed decrease the blood flow to the blood vessels in my feet?

Probably not: But this is what it can do to you: http://www.Webmd.Com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects. ...Read more

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Can drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes cause varicose veins?

Can drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes cause varicose veins?

Poor health habits: Nicotine addiction and alcohol are not part of a healthy lifestyle. Over time they increase risk for serious health issues; heart attack, cancer and stroke. Varicose veins are not a serious health issue and they are treatable. Coughing, straining and pelvic pressure (pregnancy) can blow these valves. Be well, focus on healthy habits. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect your blood and/or veins?

How does smoking affect your blood and/or veins?

Several ways.: Smoking causes constriction of the blood vessels. This occurs less commonly in the veins as compared to the arteries. Smoking is one of the major risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). In addition to this it can lead to intrinsic lung disease, which could then lead to thickening of the blood(polycythemia) which could lead to blood clots. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm going for blood tests to see what is causing my migraines, will cigarette smoking come up on these blood tests?

Hello, I'm going for blood tests to see what is causing my migraines, will cigarette smoking come up on these blood tests?

No, but tell doc!: Nicotine levels are not checked routinely. But if you do smoke, you need to tell your doctor because that is an important detail of your health history that may affect diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Lipitor (Definition)

Atorvastatin is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more


Cigarette Smoking (Definition)

Cigarette smoking is the smoking of cigarettes. Smoking ...Read more