The next logical benefit to stopping smoking would apply to your heart. How would you like to decrease your risk of certain heart diseases by a third? Of course, who wouldn't. This was the result of a scientific literature review that found a reduction of coronary heart disease risk of 36% in people who had stopped smoking. This is a slightly better risk reduction for the heart than is seen with other heart disease interventions such as taking cholesterol lowering medications (statins) or aspirin.
Other advantages include a reduced risk of the chest pain, heart failure, high bad cholesterol, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), high blood pressure (hypertension), and stroke. That's an impressive list of diseases to be sure. Often times when we see a patient in the hospital who has smoked much of their life, they'll have a medical history that includes many of these diseses such as heart failure, heart disease, hypertension, and COPD (lung disease). It's amazing to think how these could be minimized through something like quitting smoking.