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Pulmonary Hypertension in a Stable Community-Based COPD Population.
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PMID:  21814783     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The etiology and prevalence of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is uncertain. This study was done to determine the prevalence of PH in stable COPD outpatients and to evaluate the relationship between PH and indices of pulmonary function. DESIGN: The study was a retrospective review of outpatients with COPD and PH defined as a history of cigarette smoking, pulmonary function tests (PFTs) that met GOLD criteria for airway obstruction, an echocardiogram within 6 months of PFTs, and a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >55%. Of the 159 individuals who met all inclusion criteria, 105 had a sufficient tricuspid regurgitant jet to measure systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP). PH was defined as sPAP ≥36 mmHg. MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: The prevalence of PH was 60% (63/105) in the study group. The mean sPAP in patients with PH was 45 ± 6 mmHg. COPD patients with PH were older (71.1 ± 11.8 vs. 63.7 ± 10.2 years, P = 0.001), had lower FEV(1)% predicted (51.8 ± 18.8 vs. 62.7 ± 20.5%, P = 0.006), a higher RV/TLC (0.55 ± 0.10 vs. 0.48 ± 0.11, P = 0.001), and a lower % predicted DL(CO) (59.6 ± 19.5% vs. 71.9 ± 24.9%, P = 0.006). Only age (P < 0.002) and prebronchodilator FEV(1)% predicted (P < 0.006) predicted PH by logistic regression analysis. No differences were observed in gender, BMI, smoking status, pack years, total lung capacity (TLC), or residual volume (RV). CONCLUSION: PH is common in COPD. Older individuals and those with more airway obstruction are at greater risk for developing PH.
Vadim Fayngersh; Fotios Drakopanagiotakis; F Dennis McCool; James R Klinger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lung     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1750     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7701875     Medline TA:  Lung     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine, The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI, USA.
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