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How Smoking Endangers Your Vascular Health New York, NY

How Smoking Endangers Your Vascular Health

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Smoking has been considered a danger to your health since the early 1950s. The decades since then have revealed more about the clear health risks associated with it. One of the most serious risks of smoking is its impact on vascular health.

Vascular health refers to the health of your blood vessels, which carry blood and oxygen throughout your body. When you smoke, the chemicals in the cigarettes can damage your blood vessels, leading to various health problems.


One of the most common problems associated with smoking and vascular health is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when plaque builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing them to narrow and making it more difficult for blood to flow through them. This can lead to various health problems, including heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.

Blood Clots

Smoking can also increase your risk of developing blood clots. Blood clots can form in your blood vessels, blocking blood and oxygen flow to your organs. This can be particularly serious if a blood clot forms in your heart or brain, as it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Blood Vessels

In addition to these serious health risks, smoking can also damage the lining of your blood vessels, making it easier for cholesterol and other substances to build up in your arteries. This can lead to high blood pressure, further damaging your blood vessels and increasing your risk of heart disease.

Stop Smoking to Protect Your Vascular Health

If you are a smoker, taking steps to protect your vascular health is important. The most important step you can take is to quit smoking. This process can be difficult, but many resources are available to help you stop, including nicotine replacement therapy, counseling and support groups.

In addition to quitting smoking, you can also take steps to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of vascular disease.

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Lose weight
  • Manage your diabetes
  • Watch your blood pressure
  • Reduce stress
  • Limit alcohol intake

You should also have regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other risk factors for vascular disease.

Get Help with Your Vascular Health in New York

Smoking is a dangerous habit that can seriously affect your vascular health. If you smoke, it is important to take steps to quit and protect your health. By quitting smoking and making healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of developing vascular disease and enjoy a healthier, happier life.

Dr. Alan Benvenisty, MD, is a New York vascular surgeon offering many advanced vascular conditions treatments. He recommends quitting smoking as an important first step for protecting your vascular health. If problems arise, Dr. Benvenisty is skilled at diagnosing vascular problems and providing solutions to restore or maintain your health.

Contact his office in New York City today to learn more or get help stopping smoking.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Alan Benvenisty

440 West 114th St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10025

Phone: (212) 523-4706

Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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