Blood Pressure Medication May Help COPD Patients

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Healthy lung vs. COPD lung. Photo by: National Institutes of Health

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of incurable diseases that include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma. Tobacco use is the number one cause of COPD, which causes trouble with breathing and is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association.

Treating COPD

Currently the treatment protocols for COPD include simply managing symptoms to slow down the deterioration of the lungs and to make the patient more comfortable, since there’s no way to repair the damage. Now, however, Enid Neptune and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore have found that Losartan, a common medication taken to lower blood pressure, may be able to help patients with COPD in a more proactive fashion.

This study, “Angiotensin receptor blockade attenuates cigarette smoke–induced lung injury and rescues lung architecture in mice,” was published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation on December 19, 2011.

Renin-Angiotensin System, including Angiotensin receptors 1 and 2. Image by Liangxiao

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  1. says

    I notice the article was written 3 years ago, at which time COPD is considered the 3rd leading cause of death in a country whose economic structure is largely dependent upon the efficiency of the healthcare system. Now, in 2015, I believe the smoking now contributes largely to the other leading causes of death in America, along with the astronomical costs associated with the care and management of such diseases.
    My question is simple: what is being done to help eliminate the future problems associated with these economic and health diseases? I guess what really gets me is the fact that, even though smoking is known to cause these issues, and these issues are most prevalent in the medical community (economic speaking), I would expect by now to have a sort of structure in the medical community similar to that of Cancer facilities. Where I’m at in West Pa, there are only three options for nursing homes; Pittsburgh (2hrs away), Erie (2.5hrs away) and Andover, Oh (2.5hrs away). Meanwhile around Strattanville, Pa there are several nursing / old folks homes, yet NONE of them are able to handle vent / tracheae patients. This just amazes me after I consider the enormous, multifaceted problems smoking causes (economic, social, etc…). Why isn’t there something being done either at the front of the issue (smoking) or the tale end of it (accessible care and management)? I’m literally dumbfounded about what is being done to curb this growing trend of issues caused by smoking. It would be great to do a research /study paper on what really is being done and the top organizations leading in these fields. This needs to be more popular so people can begin to be prepared for the enormous up and coming problems we will face as a nation.

    Thank You, William Geist

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