Improved recognition of cor pulmonale in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Himelman1988ImprovedRO,
  title={Improved recognition of cor pulmonale in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Ronald B. Himelman and Sabine Struve and James K. Brown and P A Namnum and Nelson B. Schiller},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1988},
  volume={84 5},
  pages={
          891-8
        }
}
To compare sensitivity of clinical methods (physical examination, electrocardiogram, and chest radiograph) to echocardiography in the detection of cor pulmonale, and to determine the role of nocturnal oxygen desaturation in its development, 33 non-hypoxemic patients who had severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were evaluated by clinical methods, echocardiography, and overnight ear oximetry. Compared to 25 age-matched control subjects, COPD patients had higher peak pulmonary… CONTINUE READING

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