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Placed stent after heart attack. Have BP and hypertension. Can I smoke few cigarettes?

i am a 36 year old male two weeks before got heart attack and had two blocks one of them is 99% medicated stent was placed for that another was only 50% not done anything for that i dont have cholestrol and diabetics but i have bp hypertension and a addicted to smoking i want to know that can i smoke only one or two cigrates a day
Asked On : Sat, 11 Aug 2012
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Hi, Thanks for writing in. I am a qualified and certified cardiologist. Stent has been placed in part of large coronary tree and stent included the whole coronary tree is susceptible to bad effects of smoking. So the simple answer is NO. If you are addicted you can use help of smoking deaddiction with tools available like nicotine gum, nicotine spray and on top of it fear of stent restenosis and progression of disease elsewhere ought to be enough to convince you to leave smoking. I am amazed to hear this question who has just recovered from ravages of smoking! You ought to be preaching others bad effects of smoking rather than asking an obvious question. Good Luck.
With Best Wishes
Dr Anil Grover,
M.B.;B.S, M.D. (Internal Medicine) D.M.(Cardiology)
Answered: Sun, 12 Aug 2012
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