Pneumonia May Raise Heart Disease Risk as Much as Smoking

Pneumonia may be as big a risk factor for heart disease as smoking or diabetes, especially in adults older than 65 who are hospitalized, a new study says. Researchers at the University of Ottawa began tracking the link among nearly 1,300 people who developed pneumonia during the course of the study. Participants ranged in age from … Read More

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Trouble Breathing? How Doctors Can Uncover Hidden Disease in Your Lungs

If you have been short of breath or having a hard time breathing, tell your doctor if you have a history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. This can help uncover a condition that isn’t identifiable through routine tests. The condition is called chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and it can be difficult to … Read More

Tiny Coils Help COPD Patients to Breathe Easier

Doctors and researchers are testing a new procedure that doesn’t involve surgery to help patients with a devastating lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, which encompasses a group of conditions, is permanent lung damage that gets worse over time. The two most prevalent forms of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with … Read More

7 Tips for Cleaner Indoor Air

You can’t change the air quality of the world outside, but you can clear the air in your own home. You probably spend up to 90 percent of your time indoors, says Sumita Khatri, MD, a pulmonologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute. A few small, simple changes can improve your health and breathing in big … Read More

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