Smoking's Effects on the Heart and the Lungs
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Cigarette smoking has a detrimental effect on both the heart and the lungs. Learn about the negative consequences of smoking.
Transcript: Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for a year has a similar impact to pouring a full cup of tar down...
Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for a year has a similar impact to pouring a full cup of tar down your lungs...tar that is rich in cancer-causing chemicals. Smoking also increases the amount of mucus the body produces, and mucus serves as the breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. So, a smoker is more likely to come down with a cold, the flu, and bronchitis. Worse still, smokers have a harder time fighting these infections, because their white blood cells are too impaired to resist invading organisms. Smoking is hard on the heart, too. Smokers' hearts beat an extra 10 to 25 times per minute, increasing the risk of heart attack. Smoking can also cause up to a 15 percent increase in the risk of having potentially deadly heart attack and stroke.More »
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More than 12 million Americans are struggling with COPD. Are you one of them? Share how you're striving to breathe better.
Last Modified: 2012-04-25 | Tags »
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be tough to cope with, but there are several treatments and therapies that can alleviate your shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing-maybe some you haven't explored yet. Take this quiz on COPD to get educated
Last Modified: 2013-07-17 | Tags »
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Keeping a diary on your smoking habits can prepare you to quit. Watch this to learn more.
Transcript: Once you've made the decision to quit, it helps to prepare yourself by understanding your personal addiction....
Once you've made the decision to quit, it helps to prepare yourself by understanding your personal addiction. Try keeping a smoking journal for a few days, recording every cigarette you smoke, how you felt and why you did it. Most smokers notice a pattern to their habit. By becoming aware of when you're likely to smoke, you can plan to change your environment to avoid or weaken the temptation. After you've identified your triggers, you're probably ready to take the plunge.More »
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Some of the most life-changing decisions you'll ever make will be about your health. So when the time comes, what choice do you think you'd make?
Last Modified: 2012-01-04 | Tags »
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Is nicotine gum a helpful tool in the fight against smoking? Watch this to learn more about quitting smoking.
Transcript: Before beginning any nicotine-replacement therapy, it's important to remember that you must not smoke...
Before beginning any nicotine-replacement therapy, it's important to remember that you must not smoke while using these products. Doing so can result in a serious nicotine overdose. Nicotine gum is an over-the-counter smoking cessation option which is sold in 2 and 4 milligram doses. Most smokers use between 10 and 15 pieces each day. Because the nicotine in the gum is absorbed through the mucus membranes in the mouth, it's important not to eat or drink anything for at least 15 minutes before, during or after use. Doing so could lessen the gum's effectiveness. Nicotine gum should be chewed very slowly until you notice a peppery taste. At this point, shift the product between your cheek and gum. Hold it there until the tingle is gone, then continuously repeat the process for about 30 minutes.More »
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The nicotine inhaler can help reduce withdrawal symptoms when you're trying to quit cigarettes. Learn more about how it works, and what its advantages and disadvantages are.
Transcript: The nasal spray delivers nicotine through the nose, instantly relieving withdrawal symptoms. Because...
The nasal spray delivers nicotine through the nose, instantly relieving withdrawal symptoms. Because this form of therapy can be particularly addictive, it should not be used for longer than 6 months. The nicotine inhaler is a plastic tube with a nicotine cartridge inside. When you puff on the inhaler, the cartridge provides an instant nicotine fix. Most smokers appreciate that this replacement is very similar to smoking. Usually, the recommended dose for the inhaler is between 6 and 16 cartridges a day for up to 6 months.More »
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Buproprian is a prescription medication used to aid in smoking cessation. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: One smoking cessation option is a prescription medication that has been called the "non-nicotine" pill....
One smoking cessation option is a prescription medication that has been called the "non-nicotine" pill. This medication, bupropion hydrochloride, is trademarked under the name Zyban. Bupropion is not new. In fact, it has also been sold as an anti-depressant medication under the name Wellbutrin since 1985. In smokers, zyban s the levels of the chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine, a process that also occurs when you light a cigarette. The resulting effect is a sense of energy and well-being that is similar to smoking a cigarette. Zyban is usually taken twice a day for up to 12 weeks. Because it takes a week for zyban to become fully effective, it is recommended that a smoker begin taking the medication a week before quitting. It is important that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with a history of eating disorders, people taking MAO medications, and those who have seizures, all avoid taking zyban.More »
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Leaving cigarettes behind may make you gain a few pounds. Here's how to prevent that from happening.
Transcript: One of the best ways to avoid putting on weight is to take up regular exercise. If you're a long-time...
One of the best ways to avoid putting on weight is to take up regular exercise. If you're a long-time smoker, you may have trouble with highly aerobic work-outs, and that's okay. Just a half hour of exercise three days a week is a great start...and brisk walking counts! Because smoking cessation takes so much time and effort, it may be best to begin a regular exercise program a month or two before you quit. Certainly, a healthy diet is an important part of avoiding weight gain. Recognize that you may be unable to curb the urge to snack, and have healthy options available to you. Vegetable sticks, apple slices, sunflower seeds and popcorn are all low-fat, crunchy options. And keep sugarless gum, mints, or candy on hand for when you're out-and-about.More »
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There are many factors that can cause asthma to develop. Watch this video to learn about that.
Transcript: Today, doctors agree that there is a strong genetic component to asthma. However, it takes more than...
Today, doctors agree that there is a strong genetic component to asthma. However, it takes more than genetics to make a person have an attack. Environmental triggers are necessary, as well. There are many different theories about which stimuli can cause asthma, among them: early-childhood infections, chemical exposure through air pollution, and insufficient immune system development.More »
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When you have asthma, safety is definitely something you need to keep in mind when you exercise. Watch this video to learn about exercising safely with asthma.
Transcript: When exercising, there are some basic rules to follow that will keep you safe. First of all, avoid physical...
When exercising, there are some basic rules to follow that will keep you safe. First of all, avoid physical activity on days when you aren't feeling well, or are already experiencing asthma symptoms. To discern whether you should exercise, breathe into your peak flow meter, a device that measures lung capacity. If your peak flow is less than 80 percent, it's not smart to exert yourself. You should also limit your exercise on days when the air quality is poor. Watch your local weather channel and check the air quality index to gauge how bad the pollution and pollen levels are for the day. If you've decided that it's a good day to exercise, begin with a slow and thorough warm-up, and always end your routine by stretching. Easing into and out of these exercises helps your body adjust to the different styles of breathing required. While exercising, drink plenty of fluids. Hydration relieves bronchial irritation from dry air. Of course, you should take your asthma medication BEFORE exercising and keep your inhaler at hand.More »
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Cough-variant asthma and asthma are two types of asthma with different causes and symptoms. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: During a typical asthma attack, the body's large airway, the bronchi, react to allergens and environmental...
During a typical asthma attack, the body's large airway, the bronchi, react to allergens and environmental irritants with contracting spasms. Inflammation and mucus narrow the airways even further, leading to difficulty breathing. In patients with cough-variant asthma, however, cough receptors in the lungs react to allergens. The airways may still constrict slightly, but not enough to hamper breathing because the expulsive force of the cough keeps them clear.More »
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