Quality and Safety
St. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Heart Attack Patients Given Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
Smoking increases your risk for developing blood clots and heart disease that can result in a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. Smoking causes your arteries to thicken and your blood vessels to narrow. Fat and plaque stick to the walls of your arteries, which makes it harder for blood to flow. Reduced blood flow to your heart may result in chest pain, high blood pressure, and an increased heart rate. Smoking is also linked to lung disease and cancer, and can cause premature death. It is important that you get information to help you quit smoking before you leave the hospital. Quitting may help prevent another heart attack.