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How To Strengthen Lungs After Quitting Smoking
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Smoking: It varies, but way take any chances, it is best to quit right now! ...Read more
Stopping Smoking: It is often thought that in the fifth year post cigarettes much of lung function has returned. But, this is not always the case. Any days post cigarettes are good for you. ...Read more
All fruits/veggies: Lung health is improved by diets that rely heavily on fruits and vegetables. There are findings that especially apples and tomatoes may protect against respiratory illness, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society. Reasons are being considered, but uncertain. In any case, good for you! Best wishes! ...Read more
Not unusual: After people stop tobacco, the lungs' mechanisms for cleaning themselves out start to work again, and often there is increased coughing and production of phlegm than there was before, sometimes associated with feelings of shortness of breath because of the coughing. Usually this improves in several weeks, but if you are really short of breath, you should see your doctor for it. Congrats4 quitting. ...Read more
Tremendous Incentive: After one year off cigarettes, your cardiac risk decreases is less than 1/2 of smoker, 5 years risk of cva decreases, 10 yrs, risk of lung cancer drops to 30 to 50% and 15 yrs, cardiac risk is same as if never smoked. Your lungs will never fully clean themselves as you say but your overall health will be greatly improved. ...Read more
Thinking about quitting smoking. How can I quit smoking and stay quit if my husband chooses to continue to smoke?
Set boundaries: Congratulations. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. While a challenge, millions have quit. The most important factor is a strong desire to stop. There are many techniques. See http://whyquit.com and http://www.shareguide.com/smoking.html If your husband smokes set STRICT boundaries; don't let him smoke in your presence; make him go outside to a place you can't smell it. ...Read more
No Butts : Yes, depending on the amount and length exposure (pack years = packs of cigarettes smoked daily divided by the amount of years smoked). Research has shown that lungs of x-smokers are indistinguishable from those of non-smokers 10-15 years after one has quit smoking. The body has the tendency to heal itself. ...Read more
Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?
Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get cancer; you can also get lung cancer if you have never smoked a cigarette in your life. Smoking is like playing russian roulette. Electronic cigarettes help you quit, only if you are serious about quitting. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Stop smoking: If you mean how can you help your lungs recover from smoking. You can't help anybody elses' lungs recover, so am not sure what you mean. When people stop smoking, it may take many months to clear out the "crud" accumulating in the bronchial passages, but they will eventually clear out. Nothing speeds this process, and it won't happen unless you stop or cut down significantly on smoking. ...Read more
Yes, but depends: on how much damage has been done. If this is you, and you have been smoking for 15-20 years (my guess), it will take time to clear out - cough may actually increase to clear out the accumulated gunk in the airways as the little ciliated hair cells start to work again. The conventional wisdom is that things clear up in about 10 years, except the discoloration (black spots) on lungs do not go away. ...Read more
Yes! Just Do It!: If you've quit tobacco, you have already begun to be healthier. Your smell and taste, your breathing and circulation get stronger. Exercise can help in several ways. First, can help combat any withdrawal symptoms - cravings, etc. - that many get after quitting. Second, exercise works to avoid cravings for high calorie foods and possible weight gain. Also, it helps improve your fitness. Get going! ...Read more
Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more
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