THE HEART-LUNG CONNECTION
You have two lungs, and it’s their job to deliver oxygen into your bloodstream. Oxygen is present throughout nature, in combination with other elements. It’s in the air you breathe.
Your lungs have a big jobconsidering that oxygen is required by every cell in your body. All tissues in our body need to have oxygen delivered to them or they will die.
Your lungs need to remain healthy and strong in order to deliver oxygen to your blood. Smoking damages the lungs. Every year, 400,000 Americans die as a result of tobacco-related illnesses, including lung disease, heart disease, and cancer.
In order for blood to deliver oxygen and other essentials to cells throughout the body, it must be able to pass freely through vessels that are open and flexible. Over time, eating too much saturated and trans fats (see here) can increase a person’s risk of developing arteries that are narrow, hard, cloggedor even completely blocked. This is cardiovascular disease, and it can have serious consequences, including a heart attack or stroke.
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