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By Carolyn Starks
“Which pocket in your purse do you carry your cigarettes?”
The patient pulled a pack from her coat and handed them to NorthShore Cardiologist Philip Krause, MD, who tossed them in the trash.
Such a bold move - by both of them! And yet, Dr. Krause said she understood his symbolic gesture and quit.
“It worked for this patient but every patient is different,” he said.
Indeed, quitting is hard.
The facts, however, are sobering. Every year there are 800,000 cardiovascular deaths, which include heart attacks and strokes, and 20 percent of those are linked to smoking.
Here, Dr. Krause shares expert advice on how smoking damages the heart, the benefits of quitting, and his best tip on how to stop:
How Smoking Damages the Heart
The Benefits of Quitting
His Best Tip For Quitting