Cardiomegaly as a possible cause of lung dysfunction in patients with heart failure.

@article{Agostoni2000CardiomegalyAA,
  title={Cardiomegaly as a possible cause of lung dysfunction in patients with heart failure.},
  author={Piergiuseppe Agostoni and Gaia Cattadori and Maurizio D. Guazzi and Pietro Palermo and Maurizio Bussotti and Gian Carlo Marenzi},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={2000},
  volume={140 5},
  pages={
          e24
        }
}
BACKGROUND Our hypothesis is that an enlarged heart may compete for space with the lungs, causing a restrictive pattern that is often seen in patients with chronic heart failure. METHODS Eighty patients with stable congestive heart failure in New York Heart Association classes II and III participated in the study. We measured cardiothoracic index (chest radiography), FEV1, vital capacity, alveolar volume, lung diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide (DLCO), and its 2 subcomponents alveolar… CONTINUE READING
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