Strokes are a shock to the brain caused by a lack of oxygen. Strokes can have lasting consequences, depending on how long they last, as a lack of oxygen can cause cell death. If you have had one stroke, you are at risk of having another. Because the heart is responsible for pumping oxygen to the brain, maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system is the most effective way to treat and prevent a stroke.
Smoking is the number one cause of heart disease and any blood flow irregularities. The damage to your lungs is, of course, something to worry about, but your entire body is a victim of the smoke in a way. After your mouth and your lungs, your heart will suffer the most. Statistics show that 80% of individuals waiting for a heart transplant used smoke cigarettes at some point.
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