Cardiologist explains effects of smoking on coronary heart disease

FILE PHOTO: A woman smokes in the shadows outside Southwark Crown Court in central London, March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

NICOTINE reaches the brain faster than cocaine and heroin, says MIOT Pacific Hospitals cardiologist Dr Pradeep Nayar.

Dr Nayar raised this during a medical education seminar on coronary heart disease at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

Dr Nayar, who is originally from India in Chennai, said smokers had a high risk of getting coronary heart disease.

He adds that if a smoker were to have a heart attack, the chances of them dying immediately were very high.

Dr Nayar added that smoking aggravated the problem of a coronary heart disease and causes blockages which leads to heart attack and heart failure.

“The problem with smoking is that it is an addictive and is a difficult to give up habit because it gives you a sense of relaxation within 20 seconds and it reaches the brains faster,” said Dr Nayar.

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