My seriously bad health effects of Smoking cigarettes sad but true and of course due to my own nicotine addiction.
How many warnings do we read about the health effects of smoking cigarettes. And how quickly do we flip to a new screen on the computer. Flip the page in a book or magazine when the quit smoking ads are right there before our eyes and those horrible quit smoking ad commercials.
I clearly stated in that post of July 6th 2016 ” My reasons for quitting smoking, Honestly it was the cost, And I am not going to tell lies and say my health because after 46 years. Yes I smoked for 46 years and heavy 35-50 cigarettes per day.”
I had quit on the 4th January 2016,that post was written on my late mothers birthday I had not given up for my health. I should eat those words though quitting has probably saved my life.
In the December of that year I went for a Ultra sound of my lower back due to decreasing mobility which I had been living with for 10 years. This has worsened over the last 5 years and I now know why!
A very much on the ball Radiologist picked up a blockage in the Aorta in the area of my belly button.
Off I went for another Ultrasound looking for more of the blockage to the Femoral Arteries of my legs. I did indeed have Peripheral Arterial Disease of the legs (PAD) starting from the Aorta near my navel.
What Is Peripheral Arterial Disease Legs
I have to have Femoral Artery Bypass Surgery both legs caused by Smoking of course. I had smoked for 46 years,heavily up to 50 cigarettes per day.
Further testing of my heart and lungs show I have at least one blockage to an artery in my heart and I am having a Angiogram with a stent if required in 3 days.
Update I have had my Angiogram and they are absolutely nothing to worry about and better still no blockages were found in any of the arteries to my heart. What a blessing.
Cardiac Angiogram Procedure
What is a Angiogram
My lungs have been badly affected and I have COPD or Emphysemia I am now using two puffer medications daily. I am told that at least these medications will deter any further damage to my lungs.
video COPD What Is COPD Emphysemia
Was my cigarette smoking habit worth all this absolutely Not,but you know the fear of quitting smoking. The addiction to nicotine used to override my worrying about my health.
Fight Cigarette Craving
Have I felt the need of a cigarette through all these health tests Oh Yes certainly I have. So I buy Nicorette Gum again my fave Nicotine Gum better than a cigarette I figure.
Never buy the original flavor it is revolting
I mentioned previously here that I had not walked well for 10 years and this agonizing pain when walking had become worse in the last 5 years. This I have now found is because of the (PAD) in my legs.