Smoking is the primary cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of death worldwide, but other contributors include long-term exposure to air pollution, dust, and certain chemicals. Another contributor is genetic factors, though these have not yet been isolated. COPD is not reversible, though its progression can
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What is COPD? It stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it typically describes two conditions: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Some people suffer from just one of these conditions, but most people with COPD have both—and both can seriously affect your lungs. In fact, COPD is one of the most
Ask the Doctors: Genetic testing
Q. I read about genetic testing in all fields of medicine. But I don’t fully understand the concept. I was hoping you could explain how genetic testing relates to heart disease.
A. You are correct that genetic testing has become more widely used in recent years, but
Advances in treatments are helping people born with congenital heart disease live longer and with greater quality of life. But not all structural problems with the heart can be permanently fixed in childhood. In fact, many treatments that help get these patients into adulthood often need revisiting later in life.
Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need Special Attention
Individuals born with heart problems are living longer these days, but they need to be especially mindful of potential changes in their conditions.
Advances in treatments are helping people born with congenital heart disease live longer and with greater quality of life. But