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Cigarettes Clog Circulation

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

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Cigarettes Clog Circulation - Tuesday, February 6, 2007Despite years of studies demonstrating the hazards of smoking and in spite of the imposition of stiff taxes on cigarettes, smoking remains a major nationwide health risk. Smoking increases the chances of lung cancer, stroke, and heart attacks. It also can compromise blood flow to the legs, leading to a condition called peripheral vascular disease.

Sure, exercise is good for your heart, but it's also important for good circulation. The heart is part one of the cardiovascular system, but the blood vessels are part 2. Cigarette smoking can impair circulation, as can disorders like diabetes and high blood pressure. When blood flow to the legs is compromised, it can produce a symptom called claudication.

Aerobic exercise, also called cardiovascular exercise, improves endurance and the ability to walk distances and climb stairs. Aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging, biking or swimming, enhances circulation not only to the heart, but throughout the body. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that this type of exercise be performed for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Cigarette smoking clogs arteries. If you are developing symptoms of claudication, consider it a wake-up call to kick the smoking habit.

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