Smoking is known to be a leading cause of heart disease for men in the United States, but second-hand smoke can be deadlier with the effects of more than 7000 chemicals in a cigarette plus, the smoke being exhaled by the smoker.
The chemicals ignited in tobacco will damage the function of the structure of the blood vessels in the heart. These blood vessels are the primary roles to the heart beating. The hidden injury will lead to plaque beginning to build up in the blood vessels and cause damage slowly.
Heart attacks for men have a ratio of 70% to 89% for sudden cardiac events. David Townsend of Detroit, Michigan is a heart attack survivor. He had a sudden cardiac event that led to an emergency triple bypass. David states that “if you don’t smoke don’t start.” His quest to be smoke-free, since his bypass surgery has been a struggle because of second-hand cigarette smoke, that has enticed his desire to smoke again.
His multiple scars from his bypass surgery are a constant reminder of his smoking habit that may shorten his lifespan.
Smoking has become a social habit that causes health concerns in many people that are not smokers. Secondhand smoke is even worse because toxic mixtures of poisons exhaled and burning from a lit cigarette affect individuals who do not smoke. The statistical information of cigarette smokers and secondhand smoke that affect non-smokers has an immediate effect on the blood vessels of the heart.