Re: Triple Bypass One Year Ago
Well, smoking, even very little, causes:
- increased blood pressure
- increased heart rate
- decreases blood's oxygen-carrying capacity (via carbon monoxide)
- increases blood cholesterol, and especially can lower the ratio of HDL:LDL
- increases levels of fibrinogen (a blood clotting factor) and increases blood platelet production
- reduces blood vessel elasticity and makes plaque rupturing (hence a bloackage) more likely
So, could smoking be at fault - I'd say yes, if not totally, likely largely. Also by smoking, you are potentially drastically reducing the effective "life span" of your bypass. It could also explain the rise in blood pressure, since it effectively counters your medications.
It's the first thing you should really try to cut out to alleviate your symptoms, IMO.
I know after my heart attack (and stent), and then a bypass later on, I must have been counselled on the negatives of smoking by every doctor who ever spoke to me (I'd quite years ago anyway, so it has not been an issue for me).