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Lung Repair After Smoking
Depends on how long: and it depends on how much damage is already done. If there is chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema (COPD), smoking cessation will allow a little bit of healing but, more importantly, NOT DOING MORE DAMAGE. If it is milder, complete healing may occur. It takes years for things to get back to normal. The black coloring in lungs (anthracosis) will not change, but doesn't effect function. ...Read more
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
What do the experts think, should my lungs repair themselves after quitting smoking and how long does it take?
Maybe: Depends on your age, how long you have smoked and whether you have lung disease. ...Read more
Continue not smoking: You definitely will want to stay abstinent from cigarettes, each exposure could catalyze inflammatory and remodeling at the tissue level that could lend itself to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or chronic bronchitis of a worse severity. Staying physically active within a reasonable extent is not going to hurt either, and a sensible diet is important. Stay safe! ...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
I recently quit smoking and I have already notice an improvement. How long does it take lungs to repair?
Depends: On how long and how heavy you were smoking, as well as individual susceptibility to damage, which varies considerably. Some people smoke heavily and do relatively little damage, others smoke much less and get a great deal of damage. In general, the lungs clean themselves out in 3 months or so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
10 years: About 10 years is the standard answer, as long as no permanent damage was done already. ...Read more
Congratulations!!: Now that you have taken your first steps on the road to a healthier life, your lungs will naturally heal themselves. The best ways you can help them to do this are to continue to not smoke, to eat a good and balanced diet, to sleep well, and to begin an exercise program. The more you do for your overall health, the better able to heal your lungs will be. There are no magic pills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is smoking worse for your heart or lungs ?
If you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery and smoke cig. sometimes, is this bad for the heart ?
To some extent yes: but not everyone does significant or permanent damage to their lungs. There are genetic differences in the production of certain enzymes that protect the lungs from proteolytic proteins that are increased by smoking and air pollution, where some people get lots of damage with exposure, and other people get much less, or even sometimes none. Most people get some damage somewhere- heart, cancer etc ...Read more
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