February Is Heart Month
When your heart works well, you feel the energy and endurance that help you enjoy life. So keep your Cardiovascular System healthy by partnering with Owensboro Health.
At Owensboro Health we have a strong commitment to providing specialized, expert care and the most advanced treatments to assist people with heart disease in living longer, healthier lives.
Staffed by board-certified providers and a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, Owensboro Health welcomes adult patients from across western Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Heart-Related Articles From Our Heart Care Experts
Health Benefits Of Quitting Smoking
Some health benefits begin almost immediately. Every week, month and year without tobacco further improve your health.
- Within 20 minutes of quitting: Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal and the temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.
- Within 8 hours of quitting: Your blood carbon monoxide levels drop, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal levels.
- Within 24 hours of quitting: Your risk of a sudden heart attack goes down.
- Within 48 hours of quitting: Your nerve endings begin to regrow. Your senses of smell and taste begin to return to normal.
- Within 2 weeks to 3 months of quitting: Your circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Your lungs work better. Wounds heal more quickly.
- Within 1 month to 9 month of quitting: You have more energy. Smoking-related symptoms, such as coughing, nasal congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath improve. You will have fewer illnesses, colds, and asthma attacks. You will gradually no longer be short of breath with everyday activities.
- Within 1 year of quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone still using tobacco.
- Within 5 years of quitting: Your risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancers are reduced by half.
- Within 10 years of quitting: Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about one half that of a person who still smokes.
Learn more about smoking cessation at Owensboro Health.
Additional Heart Disease Resources
The following organizations are good resources for information on heart disease: