Smoking is incredibly damaging to the human heart. Whether contributing to heart disease, heart attacks, or other circulatory problems, tobacco smoke is a deadly poison for the cardiovascular system and it is imperative that people quit smoking in order to save their lives.
One cardiovascular aspect of smoking that is discussed less often than the others is the cardiac arrhythmia. Cardiac arrhythmias are common; it is quite normal to have the occasional irregular heart beat due to occasionally wacky electrical impulses coursing through the veins. However, cardiac arrhythmias can also become chronic and may signal more serious cardiovascular problems. And chronic cardiac arrhythmias are very often caused by smoking.
Smoking can cause cardiac arrhythmias because it is a stimulant that makes the heart beat faster and more irregularly. Chronic cardiac arrhythmias can be very uncomfortable: dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches and racing heart beats are all symptoms that can be bothersome and even alarming when occurring constantly.
The good news is that cardiac arrhythmias can be eradicated when smokers quit; over time, the body heals and the cardiovascular system gets back on track. In fact, quitting smoking can reduce the risk of death by cardiovascular disease by nearly 50%!
Getting rid of cardiac arrhythmias means quitting smoking, but this can very often feel harder than climbing Mt. Everest. As a psychosocial habit, the need to smoke is deeply habituated and it takes a lot of patience, willpower and commitment to quit.
Luckily, there are a variety of quit smoking methods out there to make tobacco cessation easier. One such method is quit smoking hypnosis, which gets to the root of the smoking habit. It allows smokers to re-wire their beliefs relative to cigarettes so that they no longer depend on them for emotional gratification or stress relief. Quit smoking hypnosis is hard work, but the long-term health benefits, such as reduced cardiac arrhythmias, are definitely worth the effort.
Smoking is a psychosocial habit that contributes to the development of chronic cardiac arrhythmias and cardiovascular problems. If you are someone you know is struggling with a smoking habit, and are concerned about how it could be negatively impacting your heart, please contact me for more details or share your own ideas and experiences with us on Twitter.