Let your heart beat healthierPublished Tuesday, 14th February 2017
This Valentine’s Day Rotherham Council is urging local smokers to quit and receive the perfect Valentine’s gift; a healthier heart.
Stopping smoking is the single best thing smokers can do for their heart health, and the good news is that the risk to heart health decreases significantly very soon after smokers have stopped.
With cardiovascular disease (CVD) as one of the main causes of death and disability in Rotherham, quitting has been identified as the single best thing a smoker can do to protect their heart.
Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it’s never too late to give up. As well improving health by dramatically reducing their risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers, quitting smoking has a positive snowball effect on many other areas of life - from having more money to spend on things to enjoy and stopping the exposure of second hand tobacco smoke that could be harming the health of loved ones; pets and partners, children and friends.CVD is usually associated with the build-up of fatty deposits clogging up the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, that can block the flow of blood to vital organs and eventually cause fatal heart attacks and strokes. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease by a quarter (24%) and doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Smokers can get help and support to quit from Yorkshire Smokefree, the service run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of local authorities of which Rotherham is one. Most smokers are entitled to free nicotine replacement products and therapies, as well as telephone support, face to face sessions, live chat and a unique online quit program.
Rotherham Council’s, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor David Roche said: “Smokers are three to four times more likely to quit with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree (or their local NHS stop smoking service) than willpower alone. Most smokers are entitled to free nicotine replacement products and with Yorkshire Smokefree’s face-to-face and online advice, I would like to remind smokers that they are not alone and urge smokers to get support to quit and keep their hearts healthier.”
According to Public Health England’s annual population survey; the number of adults smoking in Rotherham dropped by nearly 5% between 2012 and 2015, and today 82% of adults in Rotherham are non-smokers.
Smoking has a damaging effect on the heart, as it is revealed that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking - over 16,500 a year in England. CVD includes all diseases of the heart and circulation - including heart attacks and strokes.
Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.
The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates your body to produce adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, making your heart work harder.
Your blood is more likely to clot, which increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.