February is American Heart Month and while many Americans are aware of risk factors associated with heart disease, they are not as familiar with risk factors associated with lung disease or the association between heart and lung disease.
Your heart and lungs are interconnected, working together to move oxygen-rich blood from your lungs out to your organs and tissues. The heart continues pumping to bring deoxygenated blood back to the lungs so that the blood can pick up more oxygen. These organs depend on each other to keep you feeling your best. Heart disease can affect your breathing. Common symptoms that a person may experience when experiencing a heart or lung condition include:
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Low blood oxygen levels
- Irregular heart beat/palpitations
If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to seek help right away. Take steps to protect your lungs and heart, such as quitting smoking. At Breathe Pennsylvania our mission is to empower individuals living with lung disease to breathe better and live healthier through education and awareness of lung health in our community. This month, take time to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your heart and lung health. Your heart, and your lungs, will be healthier for it.