Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, the following NOH/OMG office locations will no longer provide on-site blood draws: Westlake, Lorain, Olmsted Falls and Dewhurst. Click here for the nearest lab service location.
The fourth in the series of seven steps to heart health as outlined by The American Heart Association in their “Life’s Simple 7 – Seven simple steps to live better.” campaign is “Stop Smoking”, which we’ve made into the positive “Breathe Freely and Deeply”!
The AHA explains that smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. “Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries — which can lead to coronary heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke.”
Smoking by itself increases the risk of coronary heart disease, no matter how healthy your other habits may be. When combined with other factors, it greatly increases your risk from those factors, too.
Parents should talk to kids about cigarette smoking. Once cigarette smoking is initiated, it can be difficult to stop, even during adolescence.The benefits of quit smoking include: