15 Signs That Your Lungs Are Not Functioning Correctly

2. Swelling of the lower limbs

The heart pumps blood throughout the veins and arteries of the body. This is known as the circulatory system. The lungs form part of this system. The lungs job is to add oxygen to the blood and remove carbon dioxide from it. If this job is not done correctly, the consequences for the body could be severe. Cells need oxygen to survive and they cannot be left to soak in their own waste, which is carbon dioxide in this case.

Malfunctioning lungs do not adequately perform their bodily duties. This means that cells are oxygen deprived and waste is accumulated. An oxygen-deprived heart cannot pump properly. This means that fluid will accumulate in the tissues and extremities. Gravity will further compound this problem by pulling fluid down to a person’s feet.

Once the heart is affected and diminishes its output, other organs follow suit. The kidneys and liver are responsible for fluid regulation and waste removal. The liver detoxifies the blood, while the kidneys balance the fluids in one’s body by producing varying amounts of urine. A diminished blood supply, and therefore oxygen supply, to these organs, will result in fluid and waste retention.

If a person is experiencing swelling in their legs, and possibly even their arms, it could indicate an issue in the lungs. Elevating the legs to a level which is above the heart should lessen the swelling. If it does not go down over the next few days or is showing signs of worsening, a doctor should be consulted. Fluid retention alone should never be left untreated. Even more so, if it is indicative of an underlying condition of the lungs.