Categories: Health

It May Take 15 Years For Heart To Return To Normal After Quitting Smoking

Recovery from smoking starts at 20 minutes after complete cessation.

Smoking has been linked to various diseases such as heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and even cancer. Though many people are quitting smoking for the past years, a new study suggests it may actually take 15 years for them to wait before their stroke and heart disease risks go down to normal levels.

Cigarette smoking can damage the heart and blood vessels.

Source: Pixabay

A team of researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center found it could take as much as 15 years before the hearts fully recover from smoking, which is more than the previously-estimated five years. This means that smokers in the past may still have a risk of suffering from these diseases, even if they’ve already kicked the habit. As the famous adage goes, “The damage has been done”.

Fortunately, it still isn’t too late since the heart disease risk dramatically dropped among quitters by as much as 38 percent after five years.

To land to their findings, the researchers analyzed data from 8,700 people for over five decades. They found that among smokers, the body can get rid of the potentially life-threatening damage of tobacco, nicotine, and other dangerous chemicals in cigarettes.

The heart and blood vessels are the fastest to recover from smoking damage but to fully recover, it may still take several years. However, they also discovered that it only takes 20 minutes after a person stops smoking for his or her heart rate and blood pressure to return to normal levels.

Stopping cigarette smoking can restore one's health, but full recovery may take time.

Source: Pixabay

After about 12 hours upon complete cessation of smoking, carbon monoxide levels in the blood start to normalize and go to an undetectable level. By about one week after, the heart risk drops since the blood vessels are not exposed to the dangers of cigarette smoking.

Meredith Duncan, a co-author of the study, explained:

“For people who have smoked heavily over many years, there could be changes in the heart and lungs that don’t completely normalize.”

“What’s key to remember is that the actual risk of heart attack and other forms of cardiovascular disease goes down, and this is the main finding of our current study.”

Smoking can lead to stroke, heart disease, cancer, and hypertension.

Source: Pixabay

Approximately 17.9 million people worldwide die from cardiovascular diseases every year, that’s about 31 percent of the total deaths globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

March 14th Holiday – Pi Day or Something Else?

Table of Contents: Introduction: The Significance of the March 14th Holiday The Mathematical Marvel: Unraveling…

November 1, 2023

Mystery Of Missing Pages

Who made them disappear? What was the reason? Where did they go? Why? Gather round,…

July 26, 2023

Bees Kill Penguins by Stinging Them in the Eyes

Swarm of bees stings the eyes of penguins in Cape town 60 penguins died from…

November 16, 2021

2000 Kilogram Sunfish Caught Off North African Coast

A massive ocean sunfish measuring 2,000 kilograms was caught on North African Coast It is named Mola alexandrini or…

November 16, 2021

Man Embezzles $57K in COVID-19 Relief to Buy Pokemon Cards

A businessman in Georgia utilized the Covid-19 relief to buy a limited edition Charizard Pokemon card He committed…

November 8, 2021

Florida Man Catches and “Recycles” Alligator in Driveway

Man captures an alligator in his neighbor's yard in FloridaHe uses a trash can to…

November 1, 2021

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience.