"I was given a second chance to live," says Mariano, who is Hispanic and lives in Illinois. He started smoking at 15. In 2004, Mariano woke up one morning feeling sick and dizzy. He was sweating a lot. He went to the doctor, who told him his blood pressure was extremely high. He was hospitalized that day. Three days later, he had open heart surgery to replace blocked blood vessels in his heart. "I smoked my last cigarette the day I was told I needed heart surgery." He hasn't smoked since.
After his hospitalization, Mariano, who loves to cook, noticed that food tasted better and that he had more energy. "I had a wake-up call, and now I feel good." He plans to keep it that way.
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Mariano: La suerte de tener otra oportunidad
Mariano fumó cigarrillos durante 30 años. Un día se despertó y se sintió mareado y con náuseas. "No sabía qué me pasaba y empecé a sudar". Mariano necesitó una operación a corazón abierto para salvar su vida. En este video de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, él afirma: "Tuve la suerte de tener una segunda oportunidad en la vida". Mariano espera que otros no arriesguen su salud y que dejen de fumar hoy.
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