Temple Tips

Heart Disease and Tobacco Use

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~Isaiah 41:10

Tobacco use is a major factor for heart disease. The nicotine and other dangerous chemicals found in tobacco products can damage your blood vessels by making them smaller and slowing the blood flow. This can affect any part of your body. When the reduced blood flow effects your peripheral circulation it can lead to chronic or non-healing sores on the legs and feet. Sometimes this leads to amputations. The reduced blood flow to the heart, brain or kidneys can cause heart attack, stroke or kidney failure. Stopping use of tobacco products is the best thing you can do to overcome this risk. Those with prolonged exposure to second hand smoke can suffer health problems also. There are several avenues to try in an effort to stop (or at least reduce) use of tobacco. Talk with your health care professional or counselor about availability of support groups, phone based coaching or classes in your area, medications that might be helpful for you, and things you can do in your home to support your effort to quit using tobacco. And PRAY! Isaiah tells us that "God will strengthen you and help you". Do not give up, despite relapse. A heart healthy lifestyle will improve the quality of this wonderful life that God has gifted us with.

~Amy Gray RN Parish Nurse