Like many smokers, Roosevelt started experimenting with cigarettes in his teens. But his addiction became entrenched during his time in the military. Nearly 30 years later, damage from smoking began to take its toll.
At 45, Roosevelt experienced a heart attack that landed him in the hospital for a month. In order to repair the damage to his heart caused by smoking, doctors inserted stents into his heart. When that wasn't enough, he had bypass surgery — six bypasses in all. Now 51, Roosevelt has been smoke-free for 3 years, but he's had to give up his career as a commercial plumber because his heart no longer is strong enough for the strenuous activity such work requires.
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