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Connection between Buerger’s disease and Smoking

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  1. gorak genk

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    The effects of Smoking addiction are numerous. Many diseases are associated with smoking. One such disease is Buerger’s disease. It is a rare disease which involves clotting or thrombosis and acute inflammation of the veins and arteries of the hands and the feet. This disease is also known as thromboangiitis obliterans. It is known to be strongly associated with tobacco especially due to smoking.

    A combination of clot and inflammation in the blood vessels is seen in this disease. This leads to the decrease in the blood flow. In severe cases, the tissues of the body get damaged and destroyed and may lead to infection or gangrene. It is known to attack the hand initially and then spreads to the limbs.

    Tobacco is known to be the biggest cause of this disease. Tobacco leads to insufficient supply of blood to the tissues. The swelling of the veins and the arteries of the arms and legs are due to the insufficient flow of blood. This leads to inadequate supply of nutrients and degeneration of the tissues.

    This disease is manly seen in people between the ages of 20 to 40. Men are three times at a greater risk than women. Heavy smokers are most susceptible to contract this disease. Tobacco in the form of cigarettes or chewing tobacco leads to the development of this illness. People with digestive disorders may also acquire this disease.

    There is no proper treatment for Buerger’s disease. The only way to avoid this disease is by stopping the consumption of tobacco. If one does not stop smoking, it may lead to severe conditions to the extent of removing hands and feet surgically.
     

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