Effects of smoking on your vein health

Effects of smoking on your vein health

Smoking harms almost every single organ in the human body. Many of these harmful effects start taking action against your body immediately. At the risk of sounding redundant, the only way to prevent smoking related venous disease is to never begin smoking. If you already smoke, attempt to quit. Smoking is the absolute most preventable cause of major amounts of death in the U.S. With every drag damage is being done to your blood vessels. Quitting smoking now will greatly reduce your risk of vein disease as well as cancer and heart disease.

The Facts

It is well known that smoking causes harm to the lungs, heart and is intensely addictive. However, many people do not know that it seriously damages your circulation, veins and can cause blood clots due to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). These clots are 50% more likely to happen to a smoker, rather than a non-smoker. A single cigarette damages blood vessels and slows blood circulation for up to 45 minutes. Blood is the transportation system for oxygen and nutrients in our entire body, this system cannot be compromised without consequences.

A person’s vein health heavily affects their overall health, one should really be aware of the full extent of harm caused by this too often deadly habit. Lack of oxygen and added carbon monoxide from tobacco damages cells and valves in the vein walls. Smoking essentially narrows arteries and blocks vein cells making them deficient.

It could happen to you

Veins in legs are the most under pressure and will be affected by this damage. This harm from smoking cigarettes often makes itself apparent in the form of unattractive varicose veins and spider veins- commonly in the calves and thighs. While varicose veins and spider veins can cause discomfort as well as embarrassment, their symptoms make daily life more difficult and at times, painful. Varicose vein symptoms include swelling, leg fatigue, itchiness around the affected veins, possible ulcers and blood clots caused by DVT.

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that can lead to a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism happens when DVT causes a blood clot that then breaks off, is transported through the circulatory system and becomes stuck in the lungs. This blood clot will block and prevent blood flow, potentially causing death.

Smoker or non-smoker, if you are experiencing the symptoms of varicose veins it is important to seek help. Dr. Sassan Kaveh, the physician at Alpha Vein Clinic has the expertise to diagnose your vein complications. Don’t let your unhealthy habit damage your body any further, visit our warm, inviting and helpful clinic for a consultation and get yourself on track to being the most healthy you, possible.

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