The Diseases of Smoking.

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  • Created by: Chris
  • Created on: 20-04-11 11:26

Smoking damages the Cardiovascular System and increases the risk of:


  • When damage occurs to the artery wall, white blood cells move in.
  • Over time more white blood cells/lipids/connective tissue build up to form a fibrous plaque forming an Atheroma.
  • Atherosclerosis is the hardening of arteries due to the atheromas forming.
  • Nicotine increases blood pressure causing more damage meaning more atheromas.

'C' 'H' 'D':

  • Caused when lots of atheromas form in the coronary arteries.
  • Reduces flow of oxygen causing angina or a heart attack.
  • Smoking increases Carbon Monoxide levels that bind to Haemoglobin reducing oxygen delivered to tissues even more.
  • Nicotine makes platelets sticky, increasing the chance of blood clots forming.
  • More atheromas means more risk of blood clots forming.


  • If a blood clot forms in…


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