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Dr. Donald Sin & Dr. Sean Virani Differentiating Between COPD and Heart Failure in Patients

Shortness of breath is a common feature of both heart failure and COPD. Complicating matters further is the fact that many patients with COPD will have heart failure and vice versa. So oftentimes it’s really challenging for the physician and for the patient to know whether their dysthymia is due to heart failure, COPD or both.

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COPD is characterized by flare-ups and remissions.

If you have COPD, it’s important to see your physician regularly, because the disease is characterized by flare-ups and remissions. In some cases, it affects patients silently, and it’s only later that it impacts their quality of life and leads to hospitalization or death.

Your healthcare provider may recommend a cardiac enzymes test for COPD and/or heart failure.

To determine if you have COPD and/or heart failure, your physician may perform a physical exam, pulmonary function test, echocardiogram, chest x-ray or cardiac enzymes test.

The main treatment for COPD is surgery.

The main treatment for COPD is a bronchodilator (inhaled medication).

There are two types of heart failure medications available.

There are a number of different heart failure medications. If your shortness of breath is severe from COPD and heart failure, your physician may also prescribe corticosteroids, antibiotics (to treat a viral infection), machine-assisted breathing or oxygen.

Lifestyle changes are also important if you have COPD and/or heart failure.

There are also certain lifestyle changes you’ll need to make, including quitting smoking, eating a heart-healthy and COPD-friendly diet, and getting enough exercise.
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Heart failure is one of many different heart conditions treated by a cardiologist. Other common conditions include heart disease, atrial fibrillation and genetic cardiac conditions.


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Dr. Julia Cadrin-Tourigny, MD, FRCP Diagnosing and Screening Genetic Heart Conditions

Several conditions require an evaluation cardiogenetic. First, different types of cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disorders. These include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, some forms of familial cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Shreya Moodley, MD, FRCPC Detecting Heart Abnormalities Before Birth with Fetal Echocardiograms

Pregnancy is usually a very exciting time for families, and the 20-week screening ultrasound is an important milestone. For most couples, it is a time to get to see baby on the screen, and to find out if it’s a boy or a girl. But for the medical team, it’s an important test that helps us to determine if the structure of baby’s organs—all of the parts—if they are normal.


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