Similar Cardiovascular Risk Observed With COPD Drugs

A large observational study has found no difference in the increased risk for cardiovascular disease between the two main classes of drugs used in the first-line treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). LABAs (long-acting inhaled beta-agonists) and LAMAs (long-acting muscarinic antagonists) have a variety of beneficial effects in COPD patients, but evidence has been building that these agents may produce a small but significant increase in cardiovascular risk.

In a new study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, Andrea Gershon and colleagues analyzed data from nearly 200,000 elderly COPD patients from Ontario, Canada. 28% of the group had a cardiovascular event.

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