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Sticky blood can increase the risk of catastrophic heart attack – even in your 40s or 30s and even if you smoke occasionally.
Within 10 minutes of inhaling cigarette smoke, blood becomes sticky. Dangerous clots can form, increasing the risk of a catastrophic heart attack, even in a person's 40s or 30s. Even smoking one cigarette a day or smoking occasionally significantly increases the risk of dying from heart disease.
- Within ten minutes of inhaling cigarette smoke, your blood becomes sticky.
- Sticky blood can lead to blood clots and catastrophic heart attack, even in your 40s or 30s.
- Even smoking one cigarette a day or smoking occasionally significantly increases your risk of dying from heart disease.
- Stopping smoking reduces your risk of heart attack and heart disease. Within 2-3 months of quitting, your blood is less sticky and your risk of heart attack continues to fall over time.
- Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. The best way to stop smoking is with support from Quitline (13 7848) and with stop smoking medications, like the nicotine patch and gum.
Health expert's message
Associate Professor Nick Cox is Director of Cardiology at Western Health and Heart Foundation spokesperson. Watch him discuss the impact of smoking on heart health and the real-life consequences he sees every day.
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Social media assets
Animated GIF: A map of Victoria overlayed with regions of highest smoking rates and regions of highest rates of cardiovascular disease.
Campaign Feedback Hotline
If you have any feedback or concerns relating to the Sticky Blood television advertisement, please call 03 9514 6834 and leave your name and contact number. We will return your call as soon as possible.
Health professionals' factsheet
A printable factsheet including a list of relevant research articles.
Information for the Chinese community
Sticky Blood is also available in Mandarin, Cantonese and Simplified Chinese.
Media release, radio grabs and contact details for journalists.