Can smoking contribute to a heart attack?

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.

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Is it true that smoking can cause a sudden heart attack?

Smoking. Smoking defintiely provokes cardiovascular disease and among many other diseases it can cauee an acute heart attack. Smoking is a waste of money with huge risk of medical problems and it makes you stink!!! It is in no way worth the risks! Read more...

Will boxing and smoking put you at risk for heart attack?

NO and YES. Smoking increases risk of heart attack among other very bad effects. Boxing is beneficial as exercise but risks brain injury. Exercise reduces the risk of heart attack. Read more...
Smoking is hazardous. Boxing, no. Smoking, YES INDEED. Smoking is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease ( the cause of heart attacks) as well as cancer and emphysema. Read more...

Had a heart attack 3 years ago gave up smoking over a year ago but my appetite has disappeared is this normal?

Most people gain . Hi hope you are doing well. Normally people gain weight immediately after quitting smoking but first of all I would like to congratulate you on quitting smoking. did you check your weight in the past few months? Did you lose any weight? In case you did you should see your primary doctor to get evaluaght loss after such a long time after quitting smoking is likely not related to quitting smoking. Read more...
Wrong question. Appetite is subjective. The concern is have you gained or lost weight. If you are essentially weight neutral a year after smoking cessation, you are ahead of the game. Most people gain weight. Read more...

Can smoking alone cause a heart attack in 41 year old woman. Or would you have to have other uncontrolled risk factors?

Probability. It's all a matter of probabilities. A 41 yo woman with BP of 120, cholesterol 200, HDL of 50, BP of 120 who doesn't smoke has 0.7% ten year risk of heart attack. If she smokes, her risk is 2.7%. To calc your own risk, goto: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/StatementsGuidelines/Prevention-Guidelines_UCM_457698_SubHomePage.jsp - Then click on "Launch Web Version". Read more...

Is it true that smoking cig alone can cause a heart attack even if you are only 41.or do you have to have other uncontrolled condition?

That depends on.. How much you've smoked and for how long. Smoking by itself causes conditions that lead to blocked arteries. Add NSAIDS, high blood pressure, a family history, maybe some alcohol and other bad habits, yes, you could see heart disease. 2-3 packs a day for 20 years is a 40-60 pack year smoking history. It's not about chronological age, it's about biological age. Nothing ages us faster than smoking. Read more...

Can smoking cause a sudden heart attack if 41 female with no heart problem?

Sudden Heart Attack. I believe we have tried to answer your question before but seems like you are looking for a reason to continue smoking. If you continue smoking, you are raising your risk for heart attack. Nearly all heart attacks are "sudden". We cant predict when and if it will happen, but everyday you smoke, you increase your risk. You already have high BP, you can't afford to continue smoking at 41. Read more...
Of course. Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected death caused by loss of heart function. It is the leading cause of heart-related deaths around the world. According to a a recent study, smoking may double a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. At the same time quitting can reduce that risk significantly over time. Time to quit! Read more...

Can a 41 year old female have a heart attack from smoking or do u need to have other uncontrolled factors on BP med pressure good?

Possible. Smoking itself is a risk factor for heart attacks. Quitting smoking is important for your health for many reasons. If you are having chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack, go to ER for evaluation. Read more...

What is the mechanism by which cigarettes smoking causes heart attack?

The smoke. Contains toxic materials that interfere with your ability to consume oxygen in the process by which your cells create energy. Cells then use a form of energy that is less efficient and their functions change. Read more...
Carcinogens. In the burning mess there are nasty cancer causing irritants that attack and harm the endobronchial tissue- lungs! Read more...