Warnings such as “smoking kills”, “smoking is injurious to health”, etc., on cigarette packs and in advertisements are aimed at increasing people’s awareness about the serious health risks of using tobacco. But, once addicted, it’s hard to stop smoking even if you want to, even if you see these warnings. It requires a great deal of determination to quit smoking and overcome the withdrawal symptoms. That’s why innovative smoking cessation programs in NYC provided by advanced healthcare and rehabilitation centers are so popular – they help people overcome addiction to nicotine by striking at the root cause.
The earlier you stop, the better it is for your health, especially for your heart. HealthDay News and WebMD reported on new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that though the heart rebounds right away when you stop smoking, it could take up to 15 years to recover fully.
Long Term Study Reveals Heart Takes Time to Recover Fully from Smoking
As per the study conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s cardiovascular division at Nashville, the risk of heart disease in a person who has stopped smoking significantly reduces in 5 years, more than people who continue smoking. But for the heart to get back to the healthy condition of a non-smoker, it would take 10 to 15 years. This is not quite as it was thought earlier by doctors, who expected a 5-year period for the heart to get back to a non-smoker’s condition. But the researchers found that heavy smokers have a higher-than-usual risk of heart disorders for at least 10 years after they’ve stopped. That should give you more incentive to stop right away.
The study was conducted on around 8,800 people who were participants of the long-term heart disease research called the Framingham Heart Study. Close to 2400 participants were heavy smokers for 20 years, consuming tobacco equivalent to a pack of cigarettes per day.
The researchers tracked the participants for an average of 26 years. There were over 2400 participants who either suffered from some serious heart condition such as stroke, heart failure or heart attack, or even died from the heart disease. Up to 1,100 of these heart disease patients smoked heavily.
After Quitting, Risk Levels of Heart Disease Decrease Right Away
Medical science declares that smoking is the major cause of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease. These factors could end up causing premature death. The good news is that quitting smoking does lower this risk significantly. Former smokers certainly have lower risk for serious heart conditions than those who refuse to stop. However, the researchers say that it can take 10 to 15 years to bring the risk down to the level of a non-smoker.
Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health. And anyone can quit smoking with the right support and plan. One novel approach that really works is auricular therapy. A safe, drug-free treatment available in Brooklyn-based multispecialty health care centers, auricular therapy suppresses the brain signals that are responsible for nicotine cravings. If you are determined enough, auricular therapy in Brooklyn can help you quit smoking.