As we know, smoking has many significant and negative impacts on the human body. Beyond damage to the lungs and increasing the chances of cancer, it’s also extremely detrimental to cardiovascular health.

The various chemicals and vapours released in cigarette smokehave been shown to:

  • Increase LDL levels
  • Lower HDL levels
  • Damage the cells that line arteries and blood vessels
  • Thicken the blood and make it more sticky and prone to clotting
  • Cause the blood vessels to narrow and thicken

Additionally, research has found that a compound found in cigarette smoke called acroleingoes a step further in impactingthe body’s cholesterol levels. It’s extremely reactive, preventing the HDL in the blood from transporting the LDL out of the arteries and on to the liver.This means that smoking not only increases LDL accumulation, but it also impairs the ability of HDL cholesterol to reverse the damage caused by LDL.

Are you interested in understanding more about how lifestyle affects blood results?

If so, why not sign up for our online study day Introduction to basic haematology & biochemistry investigations. Aimed specifically at nurses and allied health professionals, it’s the ideal first course or basic review and is worth 8 hours of CPD over one day.

Looking to build on your skills? You’ve also got our Advanced interpretation of blood results in clinical practice. Continuing with the fundamentals of interpreting blood tests and provides an advanced understanding of essential blood results. An ideal course for delegates who are already comfortable with basic blood tests and want to develop their skills further, it’s worth 14 hours of CPD over 2 days. It’s also held online which makes it perfect for flexible, interactive learning that fits around you.

Finally, there’s our Blood results & long term conditions & chronic disease management course.An engaging, informative and interactive course delivered by a highly experienced trainer, it addresses blood results specific to long term and chronic diseases. Developed especially for all disciplines of nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals it’s worth 7 hours of CPD over one day.

All of the three courses tend to fill up quickly so book soon to avoid disappointment!