Cardiac Rehabilitation and Quitting Smoking

Updated:Apr 20,2016

Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease as well as many other chronic disorders. If you already have heart disease, you may think, "What good will it do me to quit smoking now?" The answer is, it can do quite a bit of good. Heart disease can be prevented and controlled by following your treatment plan, which includes quitting smoking.

Learn more about smoking and heart disease.

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Getting Ready To Quit Smoking


Congratulations!  Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health and add years to your life. People who quit smoking generally live longer than people who continue to smoke. You’re more likely to quit smoking for good if you prepare for two things:

1) your last cigarette and 2) the cravings, urges and feelings that come with quitting.

Look at quitting as this five-step process:

The American Heart Association provides a wealth of information about quitting smoking, including a more detailed list of benefits and tools to help you kick the habit.

This content was last reviewed July 2015.