Lessons from multidisciplinary cross-fertilization: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and heart disease

Stephen I. Rennard

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and lung cancer are the most common causes of mortality caused by cigarette smoking. However, these conditions are associated with each other more commonly than would be expected by chance, even when their relationship to smoking is considered. This suggests more fundamental relationships among these conditions. Exploration of those relationships promises to advance the understanding of all three diseases and holds the potential to advance the diagnosis and treatment of these common and devastating conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-868
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the American Thoracic Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008



  • COPD
  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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