Preventing acute exacerbations and hospital admissions in COPD.

@article{Marchetti2013PreventingAE,
  title={Preventing acute exacerbations and hospital admissions in COPD.},
  author={Nathaniel T. Marchetti and Gerard Criner and Richard K. Albert},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2013},
  volume={143 5},
  pages={
          1444-1454
        }
}
COPD is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPDs) are common events that often lead to hospitalization, and their frequency worsens with disease progression. AECOPDs are associated with worsened quality of life, increased health-care costs, and increased mortality. Accordingly, there is great interest in preventing AECOPDs to improve outcomes. Both pharmacologic and… CONTINUE READING
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