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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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COPD increases sudden cardiac death risk

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with approximately 30% increase in the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to a Dutch study that enrolled 13,471 people aged at least 45 years.

The latest treatments for COPD

It is vital to understand the wide variety of COPD therapies available in order to help patients find the one which will help them to best manage their condition, explains Darush Attar-Zadeh.

COPD: Discussing end-of-life care

The case of a patient with a terminal prognosis offers useful learnings on broaching end-of-life care. Mr R was a 70-year-old man with pulmonary fibrosis and COPD. He was an ex-smoker with a history of ischaemic heart disease.

GORD exacerbates COPD; antacids protect

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) almost triples the risk of exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among patients not regularly taking acid suppressants, such as proton pump inhibitors.

COPD increases Parkinson's risk

Suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) seems to increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study from Taiwan.

Optimising inhaler technique

Beverley Bostock-Cox explains how correct inhaler technique is important to outcomes for patients taking inhaled therapies.

Non-drug COPD treatments help breathing

Cognitive-behavioural interventions seem to alleviate breathlessness (dyspnoea) in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a review of 23 randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Self-management of COPD

COPD patients must be educated about how to identify and manage exacerbations, writes Beverley Bostock-Cox

Bronchiectasis/COPD mortality

Bronchiectasis - permanent, progressive airways dilation following 'a vicious circle' of inflammation, infection and repair of the bronchial mucosa - is associated with longer and more severe COPD exacerbations, more frequent colonisation of bronchi by bacteria and greater functional impairment. New research suggests bronchiectasis more than doubles all-cause mortality among patients with moderate-to-severe COPD.

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