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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the clinical management of an acute exacerbation
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    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    Dear Editor

    With reference to the article by Hurst and Wedzich, [1] the "after discharge" evaluation of a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) would be incomplete without due consideration of the possibility of treatable coexisting pathologies for which, as in COPD, cigarette smoking is a risk factor. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a prime example, justifying evaluation of left ventricular fun...

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