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One in Four with COPD Suffers From Depression

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:15 PM

One-quarter of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients suffer from depression, which can worsen the serious lung ailment.

It’s estimated that up to 24 million American have COPD.  There is currently no cure for the chronic lung disease, which can lead to repeat hospitalizations, serious long-term disability and early death. The ailment, which is an umbrella term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S, the American Lung Association says.

The first study comes from researchers in the UK who analyzed three-year data from COPD patients and found that one-in-four had persistent depressive symptoms.  They also found that new onset depression correlated with worse health status, moderate-to-severe breathlessness, more pronounced loss in performance and more COPD flare-ups/

These increased flare-ups also resulted in frequent hospital admissions, relapses and readmissions; contribute to death during hospitalizations or shortly thereafter, dramatically reduced their quality of life and hastened a progressive decline in pulmonary function, which is the hallmark of COPD.

A second study from the University of Texas analyzed data from a random sample of five percent of Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COPD between 2001 and 2011 and found that 22.3 percent had one or more psychological disorders. This study also found that readmission to the hospital within 30 day was higher in COPD patients with depression, anxiety, psychosis, alcohol abuse and drug abuse compared with those who did not have these disorders.

Dr. John Studdard, president-designate of the American College of Chest Physicians, call these findings “alarming,” and called for the further exploration on the impact of depression on COPD.

The studies appear in the current issue of Chest.

 

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