Integrated approaches to heart and lung care

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The body’s ability to take in air and circulate oxygen through our blood is required to sustain life. When either of these functions is hampered by inflammation, spasms or obstructions, even ordinary tasks, like walking, can pose a challenge. From asthma and heart arrhythmia, to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, illnesses that affect cardiac and respiratory systems result in millions of deaths each year. Those who survive often require long-term care and rehabilitation, resulting in a significant investment of physician time and family support.

The quality of our heart and lung health is determined by a combination of our genetics, lifestyle choices, and the environments in which we live and work. In order to adequately address heart and lung disease, researchers and clinicians agree that these three factors must be considered together if we wish to improve how we diagnose, treat, and prevent complex cardiopulmonary conditions.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is leading the way in generating new, integrated approaches to cardiopulmonary research, with an eye to advancing heart and lung science and improving clinical care, public policy, and community outreach to underserved populations.

In labs and clinics throughout our community, multidisciplinary research teams are conducting studies to better understand how and why factors like air pollution exacerbate heart and lung diseases, while factors like exercise have a moderative effect. In the fields of genome science and rehabilitation medicine, cutting-edge technology is currently being developed that will help patients better manage their symptoms and enable doctors to customize treatment plans according to each individual’s health needs.

The body’s ability to take in air and circulate oxygen through our blood is required to sustain life. When either of these functions is hampered by inflammation, spasms or obstructions, even ordinary tasks, like walking, can pose a challenge. From asthma and heart arrhythmia, to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, illnesses that affect cardiac and respiratory systems result in millions of deaths each year. Those who survive often require long-term care and rehabilitation, resulting in a significant investment of physician time and family support.

The quality of our heart and lung health is determined by a combination of our genetics, lifestyle choices, and the environments in which we live and work. In order to adequately address heart and lung disease, researchers and clinicians agree that these three factors must be considered together if we wish to improve how we diagnose, treat, and prevent complex cardiopulmonary conditions.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is leading the way in generating new, integrated approaches to cardiopulmonary research, with an eye to advancing heart and lung science and improving clinical care, public policy, and community outreach to underserved populations.

In labs and clinics throughout our community, multidisciplinary research teams are conducting studies to better understand how and why factors like air pollution exacerbate heart and lung diseases, while factors like exercise have a moderative effect. In the fields of genome science and rehabilitation medicine, cutting-edge technology is currently being developed that will help patients better manage their symptoms and enable doctors to customize treatment plans according to each individual’s health needs.

Donate today to support heart and lung research at UBC. Your gift will help propel our efforts to better understand, detect, treat, and prevent devastating diseases like COPD and ischemic heart disease.

Together, we can help Canadians and their families breathe a little easier.