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Date:12/5/2008

U.S.A. and U.K. suggest that IPF is becoming more common, and the reasons for this are unclear."

In an accompanying editorial, Dr. David Zisman and Dr. Steven Kawut said further research is needed "to better understand the relationship between IPF and systemic vascular disease as well as the mechanisms shared by the two syndromes."

If studies confirm a causal relationship, "the presence of IPF itself could constitute a sufficiently potent risk factor for coronary artery disease such that more aggressive goals in risk factor modification would be warranted."

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about IPF.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, Dec. 5, 2008


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