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1114 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066




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By Clark Podiatry Center
February 08, 2021
Category: Heart Health

What is our top recommendation to a patient who smokes? Stop. This habit is harmful to your health overall, including your heart — and your feet. February is American Heart Month, and the Clark Podiatry Center team is reminding patients of the dangers of smoking. With each cigarette, you are increasing your risk for health complications. In the United States, cigarette smoking causes about 1 in every 5 deaths each year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

How smoking impacts your heart

The chemicals in tobacco cause damage to your blood cells. The same chemicals may also impact how your heart functions as well as its structure. Combining smoking with other risk factors for the disease, such as high blood pressure or obesity, a patient further increases their risk. As time progresses, additional health complications may follow:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Death

How smoking impacts your feet

Poor circulation and Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) are among the top ways smoking impacts your feet. Poor circulation limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body, including to your feet. Circulation also plays a critical role in healing wounds and is a common complication for patients who have diabetes. PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the head, organs, and limbs. PAD can cause pain in your legs and feet.

Quit smoking today. According to researchers, no matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting will benefit your health. We want to help you stop and limit the damage to your body, including your feet and ankles. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.


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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470