6 in 60: Number 27 – Lungs

Another Tuesday, another 6 facts in 60 seconds. This one is all about the lungs and just a quick mention to the wonderful artist that is The Awkward Yeti, please go and check his comics out because if you like biology you’ll love him. Anyway lets go!

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How I feel every time! Credit to theawkwardyeti.com
  1. Simply put the lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon dioxide from and bring oxygen to the blood.
  2. Adults take on average 15 to 20 breaths per minute. That’s equal to 20,000 breaths a day.
  3. A person’s lungs are not the same size. The right lung is a little wider than the left lung, but it is also shorter.
  4. If the inner surface of the lungs could be stretched out flat, they would occupy an area of around 80 to 100 square meters – about the size of half of a tennis court
  5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
  6. The main cause of COPD is smoking. This is because smoking irritates and inflames the lungs, which results in scarring.

The Sources

The second fact comes from the american lung association. The first and third comes from the live science page on lungs. The fourth comes from innerbody.com I’d strongly suggest checking it out if you want to find out more it has a great pair of interactive lungs you can play around with! The fifth and sixth come from the nhs page on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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