Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Indirectly. Many people with COPD have a strong smoking history which also predisposes to heart attacks - in addition, there may be a chromic inflammatory element to some forms of COPD which cam also make heart attacks more likely.

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I felt like I was having a heart attack. I have hyperthyroidism. Could it have been my heart or lungs? I am 21 and have had thyroid issues for 2yrs.

Hard to say. Hyperthyroidism can certainly cause palpitations. You don't say what your symptoms were. But palpitations can cause anxiety and panic attacks even, which can feel like a heart attack. As you know, keeping an eye on your thyroid levels is important and you feel better when they are normal. See your doc regularly, or whenever you notice symptoms that you cannot explain from other causes. Read more...

Could a pulmonary function test cause a heart attack?

No. A simple pulmonary function test is not an exercise test requiring running or biking. It is just recording breathing volumes during normal breathing and forced expiration. Read more...
No. In more than 30 years of pulmonary medicine i've never heard of a heart attack occurring during pulmonary function tests. Read more...