The most common perception of people who smoke is that they have a high risk in developing lung cancer. But in reality, coronary heart disease and stroke are the primary types of cardiovascular diseases caused by shisha smoking. Smoking is a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases, and shisha smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.
How does shisha smoking damage your heart? Toxins in the blood from smoking contribute to the development of atherosclerosis hardening and narrowing of arteries and may contribute to congestive heart failure as well as strokes. Among smokers, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.
As with any kind of smoking, smoking shisha damages the lining of your arteries leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke. The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
The nicotine stimulates your body to produce adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, making your heart work harder. Your blood is more likely to clot, which increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke
In Brunei, cancer is known as the biggest killer, followed by heart ailments. The dreadful diseases claimed 215 lives in 2005, where trachea, bronchus and lung cancer claimed 51 lives. Smoking is one of the primary factors contributing to these diseases, appearing in the form of directly exacerbating heart diseases among young people in the Arab countries whilst increasing the numbers of shisha smokers, year after year, especially among the younger generation. The irony is the spread of shisha cafes are increasing in high and attracting young enthusiastic people. Perhaps, what promotes the spread of the phenomenon of smoking shisha is the misconception that shisha is not one of the types of smoking and is therefore, not harmful.
People already know that hookah smoking is more harmful than cigarettes, and if smoked for half an hour contributes to deposit an amount of nicotine in a person’s blood equivalent to the amount of twenty cigarettes. Smoking ten cigarettes daily increases the risk of exposure to heart disease by fifty percent; even more so when smoking hookah every half hour every day. It is a lack of awareness leads to this miserable mistake.
Now that you know these things about shisha, you can make an informed decision. Avoid the health risks of shisha smoking. It is not too late to quit.
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