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COPD in Heart FailureCOPD in Heart Failure: Are There Long-term Implications Following Acute Heart Failure Hospitalization?

Lauren B. Cooper, MD; Robert J. Mentz, MD
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From the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Duke University School of Medicine.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Robert J. Mentz, MD, Duke Hospital, Box 3850, Durham, NC 27710; e-mail: Robert.mentz@duke.edu


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

FUNDING/SUPPORT: Dr Cooper is supported by the National Institutes of Health [Grant T32HL069749-11A1].

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.


Chest. 2015;147(3):586-588. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2081
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Heart failure (HF) and COPD are major and increasing public health problems worldwide. In the United States, HF affects > 5 million adults and results in > 1 million hospitalizations annually.1 Despite advances in the treatment of chronic HF, outcomes following acute HF hospitalization remain poor.1 Given the neutral results of most recent HF trials, there is a need for a critical reappraisal of strategies to improve outcomes.2 COPD affects > 15 million Americans, commonly occurs in patients with HF, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.3-5 Recognition of the impact of comorbid conditions such as COPD on the characteristics and outcomes of patients with HF may represent a first step to identify strategies to improve outcomes.6 It is in this context that Fisher et al7 assessed the patient phenotype, management, and long-term outcomes of hospitalized patients with HF and COPD in this issue of CHEST (see page 637).

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