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Those with COPD may have hypertension

An American study has suggested that people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) should be screened for high blood pressure and other illnesses. The study published found COPD is often associated with other serious illnesses.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, making it hard to breathe. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is becoming increasingly common and can be caused by smoking.

The COPD study

Researchers studied 20,296 subjects with varying degrees of COPD over a 5 year period. They studied the patient’s overall health including the presence or absence of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, heart failure and stroke.

They also monitored the levels of hospitalization and mortality over the 5 years.


The article published in the European Respiratory Journal was titled, Prevalence and Outcomes of Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Disease in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

The researchers found poor lung function (COPD) was associated with:

  • a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes
  • a higher rate of hypertension
  • a higher rate of cardiovascular disease
  • a higher incidence of being in hospital and dieing.


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