How long does it take your lungs to heal after quitting smoking?

This morning I had a patient ask me about when his lungs would go back to “normal” after quitting smoking.  Here are the changes your body will undergo when you quit smoking.  The following was taken from quitsmokingsupport.com.   Please look at that site if you are a smoker and want to quit.

AFTER YOU QUIT FOR….

20 MINUTES

  • Blood pressure drops to normal.
  • Pulse rate drops to normal.
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.

8 HOURS

  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

24 HOURS

  • Chance of heart attack decreases.

48 HOURS

  • Nerve endings start regrowing.
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS

  • Circulation improves.
  • Walking becomes easier.
  • Lung function increases up to 30%.

1 TO 9 MONTHS

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
  • Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
  • Body’s overall energy increases.

1 YEAR

  • Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

5 YEARS

  • Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half.
  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting.
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker’s.

10 YEARS

  • Lung cancer death rate similar to that of nonsmokers.
  • Precancerous cells are replaced.
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

15 YEARS

  • Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker. 

SEE THE BENEFITS??????

  GO ON, PUT IT OUT!!!!

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About cschaffer78

I'm a family practice physician in Evansville, IN. My practice is described as "full-spectrum" family practice, meaning I see patients "from cradle to grave". I care for men and women of all ages, I deliver babies, and even follow my patients when they are hospitalized. Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider
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