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Lung function impairment tied to increased risk of heart failure

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European Heart Journal
Reuters Health - 11/05/2022 - Obstructive or restrictive pulmonary disease was independently associated with an increased risk of heart failure (HF) in a cohort study, with a particularly high risk seen in patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), researchers say. "Our study was born out of our recognition that many patients with chronic lung diseases have comorbid HF," Dr. Christina Eckhardt and Dr. Elizabeth Oelsner, both of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, told Reuters Health by email. "While many HF risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and smoking are well-established, lung function impairment appeared to represent an important yet underappreciated cardiac risk factor," they said. "Our research ultimately suggests that recognition of lung function impairment could be critically important for the prevention, early diagnosis, and prognostication of chronic HF." "We were surprised to see that lung function impairme...


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