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Learning about modifiable risk factors: Smoking

Smoking, a modifiable risk factor, increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Watch Dr David Leake explain how and why smoking does this.

Mortality rates for cardiovascular disease have dropped by around 45% in the last 10 years. The reduction in smoking over the last few decades is thought to account for 60% of this reduction in mortality.

In this video, Dr David Leake explains how and why smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and the remarkable reductions that we are seeing as the number of smokers decreases.

You can download the Week 4 supplement, which contains additional images and descriptions to help you understand the topics covered in this video.

British Heart Foundation resources

Find out more in the following, optional, video Smoking and heart disease; one of a series, produced by the British Heart Foundation Risking it: Fighting against risk factors in coronary heart disease.

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