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Quit smoking today and see benefits within minutes

February 23, 2016

It may be hard to believe for anyone who has battled a lengthy smoking habit, but for those who quit, the benefits to your health are nearly immediate.

According to the American Cancer Society, within just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your blood pressure and heart rate will drop and after just 12 hours, the carbon monoxide in your blood will decrease to normal levels.

Your circulation will improve and your lung function will increase within two weeks to three months of calling it quits. And within nine months, former smokers can expect coughing and shortness of breath to decrease and improve.

While those short term improvements are certainly important, the long-term health benefits are substantial.

After a year, you cut your excess risk of coronary heart disease in half, after five years cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder are also decreased by 50 percent and 10 years after you quit smoking you lower your risk of dying of lung cancer by half.

Finally, for former smokers who fight the good fight for 15 years or more, their risk of coronary disease in the same of that of someone who never smoked.

Of course, these are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking. If you’re not sure how to get started on ditching this habit, make an appointment with your health care provider for information on how to quit.

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Donate life by becoming an organ donor

February 17, 2016

Did you know that 22 people die each day in the U.S. while waiting for an organ? With more than 121,000 people waiting for a life-saving donation, the need for organ donors is clear.

Whether recovering from trauma, spinal injuries, burns or even vision loss, modern science has made incredible strides in medicine, making it possible for hearts to keep beating and eyes to keep seeing thanks to the generous gift of an organ donation,

In honor of National Donor Day, which was celebrated on Valentine’s Day, consider joining thousands of other Americans and make the decision to save a life.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible in 2015. In fact, just one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

Anyone can become an organ donor, regardless of age or medical history. There is absolutely no cost to donors or their families. And most major religions in the U.S. support a person’s decision to become an organ donor.

Even if you have questions, don’t let that stop you from making this most selfless of gifts. Learn more at www.organdonor.gov.  Enrolling as a donor is easy: simply click here or indicate your desire to become a donor the next time you renew your driver’s license at the DMV.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


February is American Heart Month

February 8, 2016

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke. That translates to about 2,200 deaths each day.

February is American Heart Month, so this is a good time to join the fight against heart attack and stroke by pledging to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle.

By making the following changes, you can be part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Million Hearts initiative that is working towards preventing one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017:

·         Have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly by your health care provider.

·         Introduce fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meal plan.

·         Be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day throughout the week.

·         If you smoke, give it up for good.

·         Submit to regular exams with your health care provider.

Are you ready to be heart healthy and take the Million Hearts challenge? Visit http://milionhearts.hhs.gov.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.