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Joining the CrowdCystic Fibrosis in Cardiovascular Disease: Cystic Fibrosis and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Carroll E. Cross, MD; Elizabeth J. Reverri, MS, RD; Brian M. Morrissey, MD, FCCP
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From the University of California, Davis.

Correspondence to: Carroll E. Cross, MD, School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Patient Support Services Bldg, 4150 V St, Ste 3400, Sacramento, CA 95817; e-mail: cecross@ucdavis.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Drs Cross and Morrissey have received support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation and from numerous sources sponsoring clinical trials in subjects with cystic fibrosis. Ms Reverri has reported that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2013;143(4):882-884. doi:10.1378/chest.12-2444
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Numerous chronic inflammatory diseases that activate systemic inflammatory biomarkers, such as peridontitis,1 HIV,2 inflammatory bowel disease,3 rheumatoid arthritis,4 and even psoriasis,5 are reported to be associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Respiratory tract (RT) diseases are among this roster of chronic inflammatory diseases. These include COPD,6 α1-antitrypsin deficiency,7 and possibly adult-onset asthma.8,9 Might cystic fibrosis (CF) join the crowd?

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