This lung disease may increase heart disease risk

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Scientists from Haukeland University found that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more likely to have coronary heart disease (CHD).

The research is published in PLOS ONE and was conducted by Christina D. Svendsen et al.

In the study, the team examined whether COPD patients have a true higher risk for CHD than people without COPD.

The analysis included 347 COPD patients and 428 non-COPD controls who completed coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and pulmonary CT.

The researchers found that the risk for having significant stenosis trended higher for COPD patients versus controls.

Similarly, the risk for having coronary narrowing and a calcium score (CaSc) >100 was higher in COPD patients.

No variable was associated with significant stenosis among COPD patients, but the risk for CaSc >100 in COPD patients was associated with male sex, age, and statin use.

This study shows the importance of early detection of coronary heart disease among COPD patients, especially considering the overlapping symptoms.

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