Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialists of Northern Virginia, P.C. Promotes Healthy Lungs During the Month of October

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Lungs are the most important factor in the body's respiratory system. They are part of a group of organs and tissues that work together to help you breathe. Because the respiratory system's main job is to move fresh air in and get waste gases out of your body, you need to consider lung health when making life decisions.

Healthy Lung vs. Unhealthy Lung

"For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth." - Sanskrit Proverb

October is healthy lung month! Protecting your lungs will help you live and healthier life.

To help protect your lungs; here are some important things you can do to reduce the risk of disease:

  • Don't Smoke: Cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (COPD).
  • Avoid Exposure to Pollutants: Avoid exercising outdoors on bad air days. Make your home and car smoke free.
  • Prevent Infection: Get vaccinated every year against influensa. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you.
  • Aerobic Excercise: Increase aerobic activity, the lungs adapt by creating more blood vessels both to irrigate the lung tissues and to absorb more oxygen, thus becoming stronger and healthier.

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