Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

Smoking causes inflammation.  If that inflammation is not resolved with adequate intakes of omega-3 fatty acids, the body reverts to Plan B and covers the inflammation with scar tissue.  That is what gives rise to a thickened artery and eventually heart failure.

Smoking may lead to heart failure by thickening heart wall

(Reuters Health) – Smoking is associated with thicker heart walls and blood pumping difficulties that may eventually lead to heart failure, a U.S. study suggests. The research, done in adults who didn’t have any obvious signs of cardiovascular disease, also found that the more people smoke, the greater the damage to the heart’s structure and function, said senior author Dr. Scott Solomon of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.