Can Smoking Increase My Risk of Stroke?

The short answer is: yes. Smoking can nearly double your risk of experiencing an ischemic stroke in your lifetime.

During American Stroke Awareness Month this May, our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants to share some insight about risk factors for stroke, including smoking, and how to take steps to protect your health.

What Are the Risk Factors for Stroke?

As mentioned above, smoking is one risk factor for stroke. But there are many others, some of which can be changed and others, like age and gender, that cannot.

It’s important to get to know your risk factors and to practice healthy lifestyle habits. Those healthy lifestyle habits can help you properly manage chronic health conditions and reduce your overall risk for stroke and other illnesses.

Risk Factors for Stroke

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Personal or family history of stroke

What Happens to Your Body When You Smoke?

When you smoke, you may experience a wide range of health symptoms, ranging from coughs and colds to wheezing and asthma. However, that is just the start of what smoking can do to your health.

Along with smoking increasing your risk of stroke, smoking also causes around 84% of lung cancer deaths and 83% of COPD deaths. Therefore, stopping smoking can help you to greatly reduce your risk of not only a stroke but other serious medical conditions that can be caused by smoking.

Tips to Help Quit Smoking

  • Stay busy.
  • Attend a stop-smoking group.
  • Drink more water.
  • Limit your intake of alcohol.
  • Avoid individuals who are smoking.
  • Avoid situations that commonly give you a strong urge to smoke.
  • Find healthier ways to manage stress.

If you or someone you know are experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 for immediate medical attention. For non-emergency medical needs, AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. is now offering AFC TeleCare services. Schedule your appointment online.


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