Cigarette Smoking Does Not Cause Hypertension
However, cigarette smoking can temporarily raise blood pressure, and it DOES increase the risk of heart and blood vessel diseases.
Smoking injures blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries. This applies even to filtered cigarettes. So even though it does not cause high blood pressure, smoking is bad for anyone, especially those with high blood pressure.
If you smoke, quit.
If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
Once you quit smoking cigarettes, your risk of having a heart attack is reduced after the first year. So you have a lot to gain by quitting.
Some sobering facts
* Chance of dying in a single airline trip – 1in 815,000.
* Chance of dying in a single skydiving jump-1 in 96,296.
* Chance of being killed in a car accident before you turn 65 -1 in 143.
* Chance that smoking will kill you by the age of 65 – 1 in 5.
Cigarette smoking greatly increases the risk of fatal and nonfatal heart attacks in both men and women. It also increases the risk of a second heart attack among survivors. Women who smoke and use oral contraceptives have an even greater risk than smoking alone.
The good news is: that quitting smoking greatly reduces the risk of heart attack. One year after quitting, the risk drop to about one-half that of current smokers and gradually returns to normal in persons without heart disease. Even among persons with heart disease, the risk also drops sharply one year after quitting smoking and it continues to decline over time but the risk does not return to normal.
Sometimes the Decision to Give up Cigarette Smoking Isn’t Easy
But You Can. Once you have decided to quit, your chances of success depend on your ability to overcome not only the physical addiction to nicotine, and the psychological need to smoke, but you also need to overcome all the habits that surround the act of smoking – social triggers like, drinking with your mates, talking on the phone etc
The regular practice of Vedic Meditation develops inner peace, contentment and a balanced state of physiological functioning. As a result, cravings for drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol naturally disappear. Do You Have High Blood Pressure?
Then you need to read this book, by New Zealand author, Dr. David Lovell-Smith.
In this book, Dr. David Lovell-Smith describes how his patients successfully used diet, lifestyle changes, and Transcendental Meditation to bring their blood pressure down.
This book offers new hope and insight for those with high blood pressure but it is not for hypertensives alone. The knowledge which Dr. Lovell-Smith presents in his book is timely and relevant, and its exposition is long overdue.
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