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Today's Heart Tip: Don't Smoke

Mark Crandall, MD, Cardiologist
St. Luke’s Clinic Cardiology, Twin Falls
By Anna Fritz, Health and Wellness
February 2, 2014

Dr. Crandall's heart advice: “Nothing groundbreaking or new here, but something I deal with all the time…Quit smoking!”

You know you should quit. Smoking is a major cause of coronary artery disease, which decreases the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart and can lead to blocked arteries and heart attack. Smoking damages all arteries in the body, leading to peripheral artery disease and increasing the risk of stroke. Smoking is also implicated in almost every type of cancer. Talk with your doctor about nicotine gum, patches, and other ways to help you quit.

February is Heart Month, so kick start your best year yet with 28 days of heart health. Every day in February St. Luke’s will send a heart health tip directly to your email. It’s easy to subscribe!

We’re also offering Free Heart Seminars throughout the month. Click here to find one in your area.

About The Author

Anna Fritz is a writer and editor with St. Luke’s Communications and Marketing.