Carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke affects the oxygen carrying ability of your blood. Therefore, your heart has to work harder to supply your body with adequate oxygen. Smoking also contributes to the deposit of fats in your blood vessels, causing narrowing of vessels, the risk off thrombosis and increasing your blood pressure. It's also responsible for chronic obstructive airways desease with shortness of breath and symptoms similar to those of heart failure. Smoking causes the blood vessels in your body, including those in your heart, to constrict (narrow). This will make the symptoms of your heart failure worse. It is never too late to stop smoking, and stopping will be beneficial for your heart.
There are a number of different ways to stop smoking. Don't be afraid to ask for help, as there are many support groups and other resources that are available to help you. You may find that not all the advice will work for you, but with a little persistence you will find a way to stop smoking.
Here are some common ways to stop:
You may not experience the health benefits of stopping smoking immediately, but with time you will feel fitter and healthier in general.
Further information on giving up smoking is available on the following websites: