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Smoking increases the risk of sudden mortality and coronary heart disease.

According to health professionals, smoking increases a person’s chance of sudden mortality and coronary heart disease.

In a media forum, Dr. Maria Rosario Sylvia Uy, the director of the Department of Health’s Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, stated that smoking is “associated with a two to fourfold increase in the risk of coronary heart disease, a greater than 70% excess rate of death from coronary heart disease, and an elevated risk of sudden death.”

According to the most recent data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), as of October 31, 2022, ischemic heart disease would be the main cause of death among Filipinos. The top five causes of mortality in the nation include cerebrovascular diseases, neoplasms, diabetes, and hypertensive diseases.

In the same event, Dr. Luigi Pierre Segundo, co-chair of the Philippine Heart Association Communications Committee, pointed out that coronary artery disease is another name for ischemic heart disease.

“Our hearts have arteries on top of them called coronary arteries; when they tighten owing to cholesterol buildup, arterial hardening, blood flow, especially oxygen, is compromised. Ischemic heart disease refers to the absence of oxygen in the cardiac muscles, the man explained.

According to him, the condition’s hallmark symptom is angina, which is defined as discomfort and heaviness in the left chest that may radiate to the left arm, back, or jaw after engaging in physical activity for 10 minutes.

According to Uy, smoking alters a person’s biological chemistry, which causes plaque to build up in the nerves and cause arteriosclerosis.

Following the blockage of blood flow caused by arteriosclerosis, she explained, heart attacks and strokes are frequently caused.

“You can have sudden death from smoking, so if you have hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes, they all have synergistic effects that increase your risk of developing heart attack,” she said.

Segundo counseled smokers to kick the habit by either exercising their impulse to smoke away or by keeping themselves occupied with useful tasks.

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