Prevalence and risk factors of aortic aneurysm in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

BACKGROUND Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) manifest an excess of chronic co-morbidities and present a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease such as congestive heart failure and ischemic heart disease. Aortic aneurysm (AA) also shared the risks of those diseases and its rupture is an important cause of death. However, since AA… (More)