Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
189 Doctors are Online

Is smoking a risk factor for myocardial infarction?

is smoking a risk factor for myocardial infarction? if yes, why?
is a smoker at high risk for myocardial infarction? what are the effects of smoking to the functioning of heart and its blood supply?
Asked On : Thu, 17 Dec 2009
Answers:  1 Views:  325
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
  User's Response
smoking hardens your arteries. This prevents them from being elastic like normal and being able to stretch and expand. Therefore if you have cholesterol buildup on the inside of an artery the artery is no longer able to expand and let the blood cells flow around the build up. In some cases the force of the blood backing up forces the cholesterol to break loose and the clump ends up lodging in an artery in your heart because they are so tiny which blocks the blood flow to an area of the heart and causes a myocardial infarction. Smoking also increases the levels of carbon monoxide in your blood and carbon dioxide in your tissues. the blood cells supply oxygen to your tissues but because of the smoke and carbon monoxide the cells are unable to pick up the carbon dioxide that is left after your body uses the oxygen which causes poor circulation to the affected areas.
Answered: Thu, 17 Dec 2009
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor