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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Hot yoga can make an athlete’s heart more efficient

A "slingshot effect" explains why athletes' plasma volumes increased after several days of hot yoga.
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UBC bestows national prizes on Canadian health science pioneers

Andrew Krahn, Bruce McManus, Kullervo Hynynen and Martin Gleave are being honoured for their accomplishments in heart health, brain health and cancer.
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UBC study raises alarm over COPD’s early impact on lungs

Patients diagnosed with even mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have already lost a significant portion of their small airways.
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Finding the ticking time bombs

Tango instructor Bobbi Lusic (pictured here with his wife, Patricia) had a heart attack at 45. That's why he became part of a UBC project called SAVE BC.
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UBC contributes to international hunt for asthma genes

Denise Daley led the Canadian arm of the study, which found five new genes associated with the condition.
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A hidden threat of high cholesterol – weakened tendons

A UBC team analyzes the damage that cholesterol inflicts on the Achilles tendon, and looks for ways to improve diagnosis.
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UBC tries tele-health to stop revolving door for chronic heart and lung patients

TEC4Home is the largest-ever clinical trial of tele-health in Canada.
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Education can make difference in cardiac arrest outcomes

Comprehensive public health initiatives around CPR and defibrillation led to greater use of the procedures, especially at home.
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UBC recognizes three of Canada’s top health scientists

Stanley Nattel, Ian Mackenzie and Eduardo Franco are being honoured for their accomplishments in heart health, brain health and cancer.
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UBC finds potential biomarker for a surprising health hazard

The Western red cedar, B.C.'s official tree, causes asthma in some people who cut and mill it.
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