Coronary Heart Desease

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease. Smoking kills more than 15,000 Australians a year or more than 40 Australians each day. Nearly 40 per cent of all people who die from smoking do so due to heart and blood vessel disease. Tobacco use accounts for a large proportion of heart attacks among younger cigarette smokers.
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  • Coronary heart disease and stroke - the primary types of cardiovascular disease caused by smoking - are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. More than 61 million Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and other conditions. More than 2,600 Americans die every day because of cardiovascular diseases, about 1 death every 33 seconds.
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