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What to know about COPD and blood pressure

May 27, 2022

From the Medical News Today website

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that affect the airways, causing difficulty breathing. When the lungs do not function as well as they should, it can impact other systems in the body, including blood pressure.

In many cases, COPD has an adverse effect on blood pressure. Typically, COPD causes the airways to thicken, reducing the amount of oxygen getting to the lungs. This may cause the arteries around the lungs to narrow. If they narrow too much, high blood pressure can occur. 

High blood pressure in the blood vessels connecting the heart and lungs, known as pulmonary hypertension, can be life threatening. Airflow limitation due to COPD can also affect the wider circulatory system, causing high blood pressure across a range of bodily systems.

In this article, we discuss how COPD affects blood pressure and the other health complications it can cause.

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