Heart & Lung Health

UBC researchers are fast becoming international leaders in understanding and eliminating heart and lung diseases.

In collaboration with international partners in healthcare and government, our researchers are crossing divisional and departmental boundaries to develop tests, biomarkers and clinical therapies that will predict, treat and cure two of the world’s leading causes of death.

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Wildfire smoke has immediate harmful health effects

New UBC research finds exposure to wildfire smoke affects the body’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems almost immediately.
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UBC researchers warn of dangers of air pollution during COVID-19 outbreak

Air pollution can make infections of the respiratory tract more severe.
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Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes may be communicable

A new study proposes some non-communicable diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, may spread by gut bacteria.
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Canadians dying at a higher rate in areas with more air pollution

The study is the largest so far to look at the relationship between air pollution and mortality in Canada.
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Pain medications linked to higher cardiovascular risks in patients with osteoarthritis

Those with osteoarthritis in the study sample had a 23 per cent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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Uncontrolled asthma could cost U.S. economy more than $963 billion in the next 20 years

New study co-authored by Mark FitzGerald estimates the medical costs of uncontrolled asthma combined with productivity losses due to sick days.
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Steroids can reduce lung cancer risk in COPD patients

New UBC study co-authored by Don Sin evaluated 10 years’ worth of medical and pharmacy data.
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Filtered diesel exhaust may worsen allergy-induced lung impairment more than unfiltered

Filtered air pollution from diesel engines could make allergy-induced lung impairment worse than exposure to unfiltered diesel exhaust.
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Transforming heart health

Dr. Tara Sedlak is a central force in the field of women’s heart health.
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Even the fittest middle-aged athletes can’t outrun cardiovascular risk factors

UBC researchers found significant cardiovascular disease in 11 per cent of masters athletes -- individuals aged 35 and older who do moderate to vigorous physical activity at least three days a week.
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