Does Smoking make your Varicose Veins Worse?

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Does Smoking make your Varicose Veins Worse?

Smoking as a result of the nicotine, carbon monoxide and other products in it can reduce your lung health, heart health as well as leg health.


Commonly it affects your blood vessels specifically your arteries causing blockages leading to heart attacks, strokes, leg ulcers and in your lungs, shortness of breath and chronic airway disease.


Although it does not directly cause varicose veins it can cause your venous system to become sluggish as a result of the reduced blood flow and higher pressures going through your arterial system. Also the hardening and vessel damage that occurs in your arteries can also be seen in the veins damaging them further.


The benefits of smoking cessation is countless from a 50% reduction of heart disease in a year, reduction of cholesterol and normal blood pressure. You can add an improved venous system as well.

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