Smoking and high blood pressure. Abstract of the consequences of smoking, showing a burning cigarette beside pills for treating high blood pressure (hypertension). Smoking aids the formation of patches (plaques) of fatty deposits on the insides of blood vessels. These narrow the vessels, making the heart work harder to pump blood around the body. This increases the blood pressure and puts strain on the heart. If the arteries to the heart become clogged with plaques, the result may be heart disease and a heart attack.
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