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Why do people with lung disease often die of heart failure?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Right Heart

COPD / emphysema patients develop right heart dysfunction late in the disease (called cor pulmonale)- this can result in fluid gain, edema and heart failure.

In brief: Right Heart

COPD / emphysema patients develop right heart dysfunction late in the disease (called cor pulmonale)- this can result in fluid gain, edema and heart failure.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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In brief: The heart over-works

The heart not only pumps blood to the body, but also to the lungs.
There are two sides to the heart -- the right and left. The right side pumps blood into and out of the lungs to get oxygen; the left side then pumps blood with oxygen to the body. Severe lung disease closes down lung blood vessels. This can make it so hard to pump blood to the lungs that the heart can't keep working and fails.

In brief: The heart over-works

The heart not only pumps blood to the body, but also to the lungs.
There are two sides to the heart -- the right and left. The right side pumps blood into and out of the lungs to get oxygen; the left side then pumps blood with oxygen to the body. Severe lung disease closes down lung blood vessels. This can make it so hard to pump blood to the lungs that the heart can't keep working and fails.
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