Smoking and stroke Do you know that coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. today and the leading cause of this is smoking? Smoking is terrible for the heart and the toxin in the cigarette smoke can cause plaques to start in the arteries and lead to the arteriosclerosis or known to some as the hardening of the arteries. It is sad to see children at a young age start smoking. This is only going to cause them a lot of problems in the future and get them to a point that they cannot quit and by then it may be too late. Teaching young people the dangers of smoking and the problems that it can cause are very important. You have to make them see it before it is too late. Having a stroke is very much related to coronary heart disease and the primary types of cardiovascular disease are known from smoking. The first and third leading causes of death in the U.S. and more than 61 million Americans suffer from some kind of cardiovascular disease and this will include high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke which could lead to death. There are many toxins from cigarettes that will enter your body and lead to getting arteriosclerosis. This is a progressive hardening of the arteries and is caused by the deposit of fatty plaques an scarring and thickening of the artery wall. The inflaming of this will develop blood clots and this will stop the flow of blood and lead to a stroke or heart attack and maybe eventually death. Smoking is going to cause coronary heart disease in a lot of people. It is very important to try and quit as early as you can so that you can start to repair the damage that is already done to your heart and body. You have to make the choice to stop smoking and get your health under control so that you can lead a normal and healthy life without the possibility of stroke in your future. This is going to be something that may end up saving your life someday down the road. No matter what you think smoking light cigarettes is not going to lower your chances of heart disease. All cigarettes are bad and have high amounts of toxins in them. You do not have to smoke a whole pack either for you to have a negative affect on your body and lead to a potentially dangerous disease that will cost you many years off of your life. Smoking and a stroke is something that will go hand in hand and it is important to make the life changes now before it ends up being too late to change what damage you have already created to your body with cigarettes.