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Is COPD related to cor pulmonale?

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Dr. Matthew Majzun
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Yes

Cor pulmonale refers to failure of the right ventricle - the part of the heart that pumps blood to the lungs.
COPD can result in cor pulmonale. This happens when COPD results in hypoxemia (low oxygen). When there is a low level of oxygen in the lungs, the blood vessels in the lungs contact more strongly. This high pressure applies stress to the right ventricle, causing it to fail.

In brief: Yes

Cor pulmonale refers to failure of the right ventricle - the part of the heart that pumps blood to the lungs.
COPD can result in cor pulmonale. This happens when COPD results in hypoxemia (low oxygen). When there is a low level of oxygen in the lungs, the blood vessels in the lungs contact more strongly. This high pressure applies stress to the right ventricle, causing it to fail.
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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Cor pulmonary

Yes severe COPD can lead to pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale.

In brief: Cor pulmonary

Yes severe COPD can lead to pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale.
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