I posted in another thread, my theory that aerobic exercise should be avoided by smokers. I freely admit that I have no proof to back this up, and couldn’t even find any reference to it on the net.
However, my buddy had a heart attack and died, after taking up running, shortly after quitting smoking. A guy from my work just had a stroke ( guy might be around 45 years old ). This guy was a smoker, and had apparently just run a marathon about a week ago. Now how the hell you can run a marathon if you smoke is beyond me.
Another guy from my work, was a heavy smoker and a hardcore aerobic exerciser, he rode his bike everywhere he went, and claimed to have a high performance body ( guy is a self-absorbed cocksucker ). He got pneumonia, lost about 20 lbs, that he couldn’t afford to lose, and has looked like shit ever since.
So, my question is, what are your opinions about cardio and smoking?
Heart attack buddy : clogged arteries from smoking, increased atherosclerotic plaque instability, exercise, plaque emboli, heart attack. Even non-smokers can get this, exercise should be gradual. (You try to get heart patients out and ASAP post-MI, low intensity cardio and slowly increasing). Besides, smoking increases sudden death risks significantly
Strokes: Everybody can get them. Smoking increases your risk drastically.
Pneumonia, smoking 20+ cigs a day triples your risk of acquiring pneumonia.
Basic principle, stop smoking or increase your exercise. Just like thin sedentary and overweight very active inidividuals have the same heart disease level, you try to compensate. Besides your buddy with the MI during exercice, the other 2 cases have no link with exercise in general
For heart disease overall, smoking and blood lipids (more so LDL-c) are the 2 main factors in reducing your cardiovascular risk.
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