Lisa is a recognized “Top Performer” at Roth Staffing. She is a Sr. Business Solutions Manager, Team Lead in the Las Vegas Ultimate Staffing branch office. This is her story:
May 12, 2010 marks the first time I realized that heart health would irreversibly change my life. That’s the day I lost my mom to heart disease. She died of a massive heart attack at the age of 62 after having survived previous heart attacks.
I seemed to follow in her footsteps. On March 12, 2011 at the age of 39, I too had a heart attack and underwent surgery to receive two heart stints. I stopped smoking that day. I also changed my eating habits and took advantage of Roth Staffing’s gym reimbursement program to join a health club, where I now exercise 3-5 times a week. I have been smoke-free since March 2011.
Smoke-free Living: Benefits & Milestones
You probably know smoking is bad for you, but do you realize exactly how dangerous it is? It’s important to understand your risks, but there’s a lot more to quitting than frightening statistics. Your journey to smoke-free living will help you turn your life around in many positive ways.
After one month of living smoke-free:
- You’ll soon be able to exercise or perform activities with less shortness of breath.
- Your clothes, your body, your car and your home will smell better.
- Your sense of taste and smell will return to normal.
- The stains on your teeth and fingernails will start to fade.
Timeline of smoke-free living benefits
According to the American Heart Association and the U.S. surgeon general, this is how your body starts to recover:
- In your first 20 minutes after quitting: your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the cigarette-induced spike.
- After 12 hours of smoke-free living: the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
- After two weeks to three months of smoke-free living: your circulation and lung function begin to improve.
- After one to nine months of smoke-free living: clear and deeper breathing gradually returns as coughing and shortness of breath diminishes; you regain the ability to cough productively instead of hacking, which cleans your lungs and reduces your risk of infection.
- One year after quitting smoking, a person’s excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 50 percent.
- After 5 years: Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Your risk of cervical cancer and stroke return to normal.
- After 10 years: You are half as likely to die from lung cancer. Your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases.
- After 15 years your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.
For more information and preventative tips, visit the AHA Healthy Living Page!
Upcoming Local Heart Walks
We’re excited to support our local teams as they participate in their community’s American Heart Walk. Roth Staffing will match any funds you raise for your local Heart Walk. Most coworkers at Roth know someone personally who has been affected by heart health – but if you need a “WHY,” get out and walk for Lisa and her mom. Participating helps raise awareness… raising funds helps research to save more loved ones like Shirley.