It’s long been known that smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in America. But did you know it can greatly affect the health of your heart too?
Despite smoking rates in the United States continuing to decrease, down to just 14% of the population according to a 2017 CDC study, an estimated 34 million Americans still report a habitual smoking habit. “Smoking is a major agent of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and causes approximately one of every four CVD related deaths. Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day may show signs of early cardiovascular disease.” says John A. Vergari, M.D., a cardiology specialist with the Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira network of providers. “However, it’s important to know it’s never too late to quit. Even long-time smokers can see rapid health improvements after quitting.”
If you are suffering from cardiovascular disease as a result of long-term tobacco use, Cardiac Partners is here to help. At Cardiac Partners, our cardiac rehab programs offer an integrated approach to improving the cardiovascular health and overall well-being of patients living with heart disease. Through a personalized plan of care and collaboration with your cardiology specialist, Cardiac Partners will have you back to full function with reduced risk of future cardiovascular episodes.