How does vaping and smoking affect blood pressure
In this blog we are going to discuss the side effects of blood pressure when it comes to vaping vs smoking and the studies done thus far including some research from the University of Dundee.
How does Vaping affects blood pressure?
University of Dundee done a study and suggests that vaping might be less harmful to your blood vessels than smoking cigarettes. The study looked at 114 people who had smoked at least 15 cigarettes a day for at least two years. This is a relatively small number of people, and the study does not prove that vaping is completely safe. After one month of switching cigarettes for vaping they found that blood vessel health, including blood pressure and stiffness of the arteries, had started to improve.
How does smoking affect blood pressure?
While smoking is a proven risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, its connection to high blood pressure is still being determined. However, smoking and exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke increases the risk for the buildup of plaque inside the arteries. Every time you smoke, it causes a temporary increase in blood pressure.
Although smoking increases the risk of vascular complications (for example, heart disease and stroke) in people who already have hypertension, it is not associated with an increase in the development of hypertension.
Nevertheless, smoking a cigarette can repeatedly produce an immediate, temporary rise in the blood pressure of 5 to10 mm Hg. Steady smokers however, actually may have a lower blood pressure than nonsmokers. The reason for this is that the nicotine in the cigarettes causes a decrease in appetite, which leads to weight loss. This, in turn, lowers the blood pressure.
Nicotine and your heart
Nicotine, is highly addictive, However is is not a huge health hazard for people who don’t suffer from heart conditions. As this stage there is no proven studies showing that It causes acute cardiac events or coronary heart disease, and it is not carcinogenic. But nicotine can be a problem for people who have heart disease. It will raise the heart rate, contradicting the goal of most treatments.
Please let your GP know if you have heart disease and are using nicotine replacement.