Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette smoking can result in a lot of adverse effects on your health. It can result in vision problems, damage the lungs, cause infertility, deep vein thrombosis, erectile dysfunction, premature aging, and can increase the risk of heart attack and angina, diabetes, and cancer.

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Why do I have strong heartbeats?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, who weighs 78 kg and is 180 cm tall. I do not consume alcohol, but smoke two cigarettes per day. Since the past few years, I feel my heartbeats are very strong. I can feel my heartbeat all the time. I have consulted three cardiologists already for this problem. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are feeling your heartbeats because of your enlarged and thickened heart. Thickening of the heart is typically seen in athletes. The heart size increases to cope with the increased stress, it is called as physiological cardiac hypertrophy. As a result, t...  Read Full »

My triglyceride levels have been high for seven years. Is there a way to reduce it?

Query: Hi doctor, How can I reduce triglycerides? I have been checking my lipid profile over last seven years. Every time it comes back normal except triglycerides which are between 250 and 400. Kindly do the needful.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.  Read Full »

Will the toxins from cigarettes be passed on to partners during sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am really concerned to let a 50 year old guy who smokes cigarettes and marijuana, and drinks every day be sexually intimate with me. He touches me, pokes me with his hands and fingers, puts his tongue in my mouth, ejaculates over me on my skin, etc. If he does all these to me, could h...  Read Full »


Dr. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern.  Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. There is a chance of transmission of these toxins to you ...  Read Full »

My resting heart rate is increased. Am I at the risk for a heart attack?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23 year old male, who is fit and active. I do not drink alcohol or take illegal drugs. I smoke about 15 cigarettes a day and drink some coffee and tea, about two or three cups a day. I do not like energy drinks, so I never take them. I am not on any medication. About three we...  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your main concern seems to be an increase in resting heart rate and the presence of heart murmurs. Tea, tobacco, and caffeine together increase the heart rate. The fact that your father suffered a heart attack seems to be troubling your mind, causing persistent str...  Read Full »

Why does my erection not remain hard enough after 30 seconds?

Query: Hi doctor,When I try to have intercourse then due to some reason I am not getting hard enough for an erection like after 30 seconds it becomes normal.It just remains normal, that is it?I do not know what to do.  Read Full »


Dr. Ankush Jairath

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.The reason for not getting a good hard erection can be psychological. Do you have hypertension or diabetes?Is there any history of medications?How is your sleeping pattern?Do you smoke?  Read Full »

When I smoke just two sticks of cigarette, I puke. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18 year old. I was in a boarding school and tried smoking cigarettes quite a few times. I am not addicted to it. I just thought it was alright to try it a few times. I used to try three sticks in a span of three weeks. And then, I stopped for around three months. And now, when I...  Read Full »


Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have been smoking previously quite a few times, then stopped and now again restarted it, you are feeling nauseous. It does not mean at all, that you have lung cancer. So, just do not worry. Smoking causes gastritis which is very common. I suggest you quit smoki...  Read Full »

Are the tightness in my chest and labored breathing due to walking?

Query: Hello doctor, Five years ago, I quit smoking. I am a 34 year old male, who weighs 220 lbs. I had health anxiety and had asthma tests, ECG, EKG, and chest x-rays done. I drank fairly often for four years. The last three months, the frequency picked up, and I was getting really drunk. Over the four ye...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Does this occurs only on exercise and relieves with rest? Do you still smoke? Do you have any other symptoms of gastritis and reflux like nausea, abdominal pain, chest burning, etc.? This can occur just due to heavy unaccustomed exertion or even smoking. But...  Read Full »

If I stop smoking, can I live long?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a CT scan of the head, neck, and chest. My doctor told me that I have chronic sinus. I already knew these things and had sinus surgery. But, in the report, it was mentioned as mild emphysema. Can that get fixed if I stop smoking? I have been using Advair for years for asthma. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emphysema is a non-reversible change in the lungs. But, yes, the further progression can be controlled by stopping smoking. Now, to know the extent of damage, I would advise you to go for a pulmonary function test (spirometry) that would help you to know the level of da...  Read Full »

How to overcome lethargy and sleepiness after lunch?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old software professional. I have a lot of work pressure and also loads of stress and tension in my personal life. I sleep around seven to eight hours a day and stick to a very healthy and disciplined lifestyle with respect to timely food habits and taking a balanced die...  Read Full »


Dr. Ganeshkumar Suresh Satpute

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What epilepsy treatment are you on? Drugs prescribed for epilepsy as well as OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) can cause sedation. If it is not due to the drugs, you can try changing your meal schedule. It is normal for everyone to feel sleepy after a heavy lunc...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take a yearly chest x-ray even after ten years of quitting smoking?

Query: Hi doctor, I was a chronic smoker, and I had quit smoking ten years ago. I used to smoke a pack for a day. My last chest x-ray was taken three years ago. But yearly chest x-ray is mandatory at my company's medical checkup. Do I need it now? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Hira Chaudhry

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Chest x-rays are beneficial to check for suspected lung or heart disease, especially for people over the age of 50. I understand your concern is about radiation exposure. However, the benefits outweigh the risks. The amount of radiation that you are exposed to during che...  Read Full »

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