Why COPD patients should stay out of the heat

Posted: 5/19/2014

From Healthline News:

Outdoor heat has been associated with increased mortality and increases in COPD hospitalizations, say researchers.

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may experience fewer symptoms and better overall health if they stay out of the heat this summer, according to a new study.

Conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference, the study found that COPD patients exposed to warm indoor temperatures "had greater disease-related morbidity, including an increase in symptoms, a rise in the use of rescue medications, and a decline in lung function." Outdoor heat exposure was also associated with increased COPD symptoms, researchers said. Read more.