Health Risks to Consider

If you are a smoker, you have probably heard everyone talking about smoking health risks. But, ultimately, it is your decision whether or not you want to continue to smoke.

The more you smoke, the higher your chances are that your overall health will be negatively impacted by your decision. If you want to know more about the risks that you may be taking unknowingly, read on.

1. Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, especially smokers. Approximately one and a half million smokers die every year as a result of smoking, at relatively young ages.

There are several kinds of heart disease, including coronary artery disease (which commonly leads to heart attack), heart rhythm problems, and heart failure. These diseases can be deadly, and quitting smoking can be a major step in preventing them.

2. Lung Cancer, and Other Cancers

Lung cancer, stomach cancer, and kidney cancer are just a few of the possible cancers incurred from smoking. A major cause of death in the country, cancers often do not cause symptoms until they are in a later stage. Getting regular doctor check ups can help diagnose these, and quitting smoking reduces your chances of getting them.

3. COPD: Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis

COPD is a lung disease that reduces lung airway passage. Emphysema, a type of COPD, affects the air sacs of the lungs. The sacs burst and make it difficult for people to breathe out; this results in a build up of carbon dioxide. There is no cure. Chronic Bronchitis is when the airways of the lungs are inflamed, which causes mucus build up and difficulty breathing.

At the very least this disease causes a great deal of suffering to the smokers who have them and have to deal with treatment for the rest of their lives. However, these diseases can also be deadly, and COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the country. As a vast majority of those with this disease are smokers, quitting smoking can greatly reduce your risk of getting COPD.