COPD, Even When Mild, Limits Heart Functions – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Even with a mild case, a common lung condition, called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, still reduces the heart's ability to pump effectively.
Dr. Kiley: It's a very serious lung disease that where parts of the lung becomes partially blocked.
Narrator: Dr. James Kiley is the Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Dr. Kiley: We've known for many years that there's been some relationship this serious lung disease and cardiovascular disease.
Narrator: Results from an NHLBI study suggest that changes in the heart occur much earlier than previously believed in mild cases, and before COPD symptoms appear. For more information on COPD, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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