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Interaction in COPD experiment (ICE): A hazardous combination of cigarette smoking and bronchodilation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

van Dijk, Wouter D.; Heijdra, Yvonne; Scheepers, Paul T.J.; Lenders, Jacques W.M.; Van Weel, Chris; Schermer, Tjard R.J.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a highly prevalent disease, characterised by poorly reversible, obstructive airflow limitation. Alongside other comorbidities, COPD is associated with increased morbidity and mortality resulting from cardiovascular disease - mainly heart failure and ischemic heart disease. Both diseases share an important risk factor, namely, smoking. About 50% of COPD patients are active cigarette smokers. Bronchodilation is the cornerstone of pharmaceutical...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Medical Hypotheses
DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2009.09.012


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