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Smoking

  • Smoking is a big risk factor for stroke
  • If you smoke you are 3 times more likely to have a stroke than if you do not smoke
  • Passive smoking is also a risk factor for stroke
  • Smoking increases your blood pressure
  • Smoking narrows your arteries
  • Smoking raises your cholesterol
  • Smoking makes your blood “sticky”, this makes it easier for clots to form
  • The sticky blood flowing through narrow arteries increases your chances of having a stroke

Benefits of Quitting

 

  • You reduce the risk of stroke
  • Your blood pressure may improve
  • Your breathing gets easier
  • Taste and smell are better
  • Exercise is easier
  • You reduce the risk of heart disease
  • You have more money to spend

Sources to help:

Quitline 1850 201 203
Irish Heart Foundation www.irishheart.ie


 
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