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The ageing lung, frailty and COPD

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With the aging of our population and the decrease in deaths from acute illnesses at young or middle-age, more people suffer from chronic illnesses such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is not only characterized by progressive airflow limitation but often accompanied by various systemic manifestations including cardiovascular disease, skeletal muscle wasting and cachexia. Therefore, to identify the most vulnerable patients with COPD , a less organ-specific concept like frailty is necessary to describe the generalized functional loss of physical abilities and prognosis of patients with COPD .

This talk is part of the Meeting the Challenge of Healthy Ageing in the 21st Century series.

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