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COPD, Even When Mild, Limits Heart Functions – 2

Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A common lung condition diminishes the heart's ability to pump effectively even when the disease has no or mild symptoms

Dr. Kiley: COPD is a very serious lung disease.

Narrator: Dr. James Kiley at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute explains COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He adds itís on the rise.

Dr. Kiley: It's the fourth leading cause death. So it's a very prevalent condition. We know that about 12 million Americans have COPD, and we guess or estimate that about another 12 million may have it but they donít even know they have it. So this calls into question how well do people understand this disease.

Narrator: 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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This page last reviewed on March 15, 2011

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