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Unraveling the Relationship Between COPD and Stroke

In a recent interview with Pulmonology Advisor , coauthor Jennifer Quint, MD, clinical senior lecturer in respiratory epidemiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London, United Kingdom, explained, “Independently of COPD, smoking increases the risk of having a stroke . There is something about having COPD, too, though, that also increases the risk. This may be linked to inflammation that occurs as a result of having COPD.”

“Tobacco smoking is a risk factor both for ischemic stroke and COPD. Patients who are hospitalized for either condition should receive intensive tobacco cessation education and support both during the hospital and as they make the transition to their postdischarge residence,” neurologist Dawn M. Bravata, MD, of Indiana University School of Medicine and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, told Pulmonology Advisor .

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