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CHF and COPD: What’s the Connection?

22 Mar 2018
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The medical industry is full of letter-based abbreviations designed to make it easier to reference a variety of health conditions. Two that sometimes go together are CHF and COPD. What are they and how are they connected?

CHF and COPD Defined

CHF stands for congestive heart failure and, as MedicineNet.com explains, it occurs when “the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to meet the body’s needs.” In other words, the heart is not able to effectively pump the blood throughout the body. When this occurs, fluid leaks from some of the blood vessels, resulting in swelling, weakness, and shortness of breath.

COPD, on the other hand, stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and, according to the COPD Foundation, this designation is actually “an umbrella term” that encompasses a number of lung issues ranging from emphysema to asthma to bronchitis. Symptoms of COPD include tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.

So, how are the two related?

The Connection Between CHF and COPD

CHF and COPDOne of the most obvious ways these two medical conditions are connected is that they both affect your ability to breathe. Each one has symptoms related to shortness of breath and individually they can make life difficult.

However, research also has found that the two diseases often occur at the same time. For instance, one study in particular found that COPD patients have an 11.9 percent likelihood of having CHF and CHF patients have a 31.5 percent chance of having COPD.

To help you put this into perspective, another study found that COPD patients experience heart failure at a rate of 18.8 percent, whereas the rate of CHF in those without COPD is only 1.6 percent.

This means that, in cases where patients have both COPD and CHF, pulmonologists and cardiologists really need to work together to help the patient find relief from both conditions. This can ultimately increase quality of life for the patient and his or her family.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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