COPD, Even When Mild, Limits Heart Functions – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. According to a study published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there are strong links between heart function and mild COPD.
Dr. Kiley: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it's also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Narrator: Dr. James Kiley is with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Dr. Kiley: What we're now learning from this study, the main outcome from this, is that we really need to look more closely at cardiovascular function in patients even with very mild emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Narrator: He adds that more research is needed to prove whether treating mild COPD will help the heart work better. 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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