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Undiagnosed COPD may change heart function before heart attacks occur

Key clinical point: COPD may affect heart structure before an acute coronary event happens, and the changes persist months later.

Major finding: Patients with undiagnosed COPD had reduced fractional area change and right ventricular strain.

Study details: The SCAP substudy comprised 137 patients.

Disclosures: Dr. Pavasini had no financial conflicts.


Pavasini R et al. COPD 2019 Jul 21. doi: 10.1080/15412555.2019.16451059.