“Smoking is cool, it makes me feel good, relieves stress and helps to relax myself”-This might be your thoughts when you smoke but the aftermaths are terrible! Smoking elevates your chances of death due to stroke by as much as two times than otherwise. The more you smoke, the greater your risk of stroke. A person who smokes 20 cigarettes is six times likelier to suffer from stroke than a non-smoker due to blood thickening that increases the risk of blood clots and narrowing of arteries and also due to restricted oxygen supply in the blood.
A new research has discovered that men under 50 years of age who smoke are 88% likelier to suffer from a stroke than men who never smoked. The impact level depends on the number of cigarettes smoked. The study involved 1,145 men aged between 15 and 49 years amongst which were 615 of them suffered from stroke. Men who smoked less than 11 cigarettes per day were at a 46% increased risk of stroke while men who smoked more than 2.5 packs a day were five time likelier to suffer from stroke than non-smokers. This indicates that the risk increases as the number of cigarettes smoked increases-the more you smoke, greater is the risk!
Younger generations feel that they are untouchable by diseases due to their age. Although unusual, stroke can hit younger people too and unhealthy practices in early life increases the risk even more. Smoking has always been a risk factor for heart disease but knowing the impact of the number of the cigarettes smoked and the risk of stroke is important too! A 2017 study shows that individuals hospitalized for stroke treatment due to smoking rates increased from 5% to 16% within a span of 10 years.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals that move from the lungs to the blood stream damaging cells in the human body. Such changes due to hazardous chemicals increase the risk of stroke. Smoking increases your chances of high blood pressure which is a critical risk factor for stroke. People having BP and who smoke are at an even greater risk of stroke as your arteries narrow down at a much faster rate.
Smoking does not discriminate men and women, it affects them equally. Its unique in a way that, this is one risk factor that is completely under our control-quit smoking and your risk decreases drastically. Although we have proofs that risk of stroke is directly related to the number of cigarettes smoked, it is not enough to reduce your number of cigarettes but in the best interest of the individual to quit smoking completely. There are several ways to quit smoking given at www.firsteatright.com. Self-help groups and communities exist to help smokers get off this hazardous habit and save themselves. Before all that, you must first make up your mind to stop smoking completely once and for all. Fix a date and stick with it to stop smoking. It might be your birthday or maybe even New Year’s Day.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.