1 Hjertemedicinsk Klinik, Hjertecentret Rigshospitalet, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark2 Thoraxkirurgisk Klinik, Hjertecentret Rigshospitalet, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark3 Pulmonary Medicine, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark4 The research unit for general practice, The Capital Region of Denmark5 Department of Cardiology, Medical Center, Amager and Hvidovre Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark6 Radiologisk Klinik, Diagnostisk Center, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark7 Clinical Biochemistry, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark8 unknown
Cardiovascular conditions are reported to be the most frequent cause of death in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it remains unsettled whether severity of COPD per se is associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the presence and severity of COPD and the amount of coronary artery calcium deposit, an indicator of CAD and cardiac risk, in a large population of current and former long-term smokers.
European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, 2013, Vol 14, Issue 12, p. 1159-66