Smoking is linked to heart attacks. Quitting may help prevent another heart attack.
Why this is important:
Smoking increases your risk for developing blood clots and heart disease that can result in a heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Smoking causes your arteries to thicken and your blood vessels to narrow. Fat and plaque stick to the walls of your arteries, which makes it harder for blood to flow. Reduced blood flow to your heart may result in chest pain, high blood pressure, and an increased heart rate. Smoking is also linked to lung disease and cancer and can cause premature death.
The chart above shows the percentage of heart attack patients that received information on how to quit smoking before leaving the hospital.