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.