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Right Side of Heart Linked to Lung Diseases, Study Finds
Date:6/7/2011

rms could also help doctors identify right ventricle abnormalities in their patients, which should serve as a red flag for possible underlying diseases that involve both the heart and lungs.

The findings may help test the effectiveness of treatments that could be developed for right ventricle dysfunction, the authors noted.

"This study is a first step, but we need to see how the right ventricle changes over five to 10 years in these 'normal' people, many of whom have COPD, sleep apnea and other common lung problems," added Kawut.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on lung diseases.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, June 6, 2011


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