8 Fun Facts About Lungs

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Pulmonary hypertension is a rare lung disease characterized by increased blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries that eventually makes breathing very difficult.

For patients with pulmonary hypertension, every breath matters. Check out why in this video.

Breathing is the most important thing our body does. Without lungs to breathe, we can’t live. It sounds simple, but how lungs work —  in fact, our entire respiratory system — is very complex.

Here’s a list of some very interesting facts from the Lung Institute that are worth knowing.



Read more about inhaling, exhaling, and how breathing works.


To accommodate the heart, the right lung is larger than the left lung – for us humans, that is.

Check out how you can increase your lung capacity with breathing exercises. Click here.


It’s not something most people are aware of but, actually, the lungs are the only organs in the human body that are capable of floating on water.

lungs4-phWhat do lungs and a tennis court have in common? Their size! It seems pretty impossible, but if the lungs were opened flat they would be so big that they would cover the size of a tennis court!


The air we breathe contains 21% oxygen, but our bodies only use 5% — the rest is exhaled.


lungs7-phChildren and women are faster breathers than men because their breathing rate is higher. It’s a fact.


Learn more about pulmonary hypertension with these 8 PH signs.

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