Q. Can smoking cause high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath?

Answered by
Dr. Parth R Goswami
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on May 20, 2017

Hi doctor,

I suffered from bronchitis, four years ago. Since it got cured, I smoked cigarettes for two years and gradually stopped smoking. Recently, I have high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and I have shortness of breath. I started running 2 km daily. Why am I having all these symptoms?

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Hematology Pathology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • As you have a history of smoking, smoking-induced left ventricular hypertrophy, emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary congestion, etc., can lead to such presentation.
  • You need to do the following investigations:
  1. Auscultation.
  2. Chest x-ray.
  3. 2D echocardiography or an EKG (electrocardiogram).
  4. To differentiate between smoking-induced COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and restrictive causes, pulmonary function test (PFT) can be done. Consult a pulmonologist for examination with keeping all this in mind
  • According to the cause, further specific treatment needs to be given. Strictly avoid smoking. For hypertension, you need to start taking medicines.

Take care. Hope your concern is solved.

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