Our body is a machinery and all the organs are interconnected to one another in some way or the other. We breathe in and breathe out to keep our body living and healthy but never for once do we think how hard the lungs work to keep up with the respiratory function. We take our body for granted most times and we realize its importance only when it starts breaking down. Since breathing is a part and parcel of our living, we seldom take care of our lungs intentionally and realize its importance only when we face some respiratory issues. When our lungs are not functioning properly we also face some serious heart problems.
Let’s see how both the heart and the lungs are related
The connection between the heart and the lungs
Both the heart and the lungs work in unison to make sure that the body gets enough oxygen-rich blood to function properly. Here is the mechanism how it works.
The right side of the heart picks up the blood with very little oxygen and transports it to the lungs to get it cleaned and oxygenated. Now, this re-oxygenated blood is transported by the left side of the heart to every blood vessels to make sure that every part of the body gets the much-needed oxygen.
The heart and the lungs are so closely connected that difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest is an indication that either the heart or the lungs are not functioning properly. This makes the heart to pump blood with much strain to supply oxygen-rich blood to the body. This can also lead to heart failure. There have been numerous studies that have proved the fact that a poor lung function has increased the risk of heart problems.
Common factors that affect lung health
- Smoking reduces lung capacity and causes tar deposits
- Air pollution adversely affects lung health
- Lack of physical activity reduces lung capacity by 50%
- Chronic respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, sleep apnea and even lung cancer exert pressure on the heart leading to heart failure
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) is a significant cause of heart failure
Symptoms of Heart/Lung disorder
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest while breathing
- Low oxygen levels
- Chest pain
- Feeling unconscious
- Heart palpitations
- Persistent cough
Prevention of Heart/Lung disorder
Prevention is better than cure. The best way to avoid these physical hazards is to take the perfect precautionary measures.
Pranayama/Deep breathing exercise
Take in as much oxygen and improve your lung capacity
Smoking affects lung and heart health as well. The tar deposits put excess pressure on the heart to pump oxygenated blood weakening the heart muscles as well.
A sedentary lifestyle weakens the lungs by 50%. Practice walking, jogging, swimming or aerobics to improve lung health and capacity
Drink water and eat healthily
Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated is essential for the well-being of the lungs
Stay relaxed for a good heart and lung health
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you experience any of these symptoms, get both your lungs and your heart checked by the physician. Medicines, a proper diet, quitting addictions and exercise is the key to having good lung and heart health.