A smoker is anyone who has smoked 100 cigarettes in her lifetime and currently smokes some days or every day. You may already know that smoking raises your risk of heart disease, but the damage caused by smoking is not limited to your heart. The harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke affect all the blood vessels in your body, putting you at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
More than 21 million American women smoke, and these women die on average 15 years earlier than nonsmokers.2,3 Smoking kills 174,000 American women each year.1
Smoking & Your Heart
Smoking & Vein Disease Risk
How does smoking affect my PAD risk?
Smokers have a higher risk of PAD. Smoking has an especially large impact on PAD in...