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New opioid use in older adults with COPD associated with increased risk of cardiac death

20:00 EDT 28 Jun 2017 | AAAS

(St. Michael's Hospital) Older adults with COPD who recently started using opioids have an increased risk of coronary artery disease-related death compared to non-opioid users, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have found. Among these patients, new opioid use is associated with a 215 percent increase in coronary artery disease-related death for long-term care residents and an 83 percent increase in coronary artery disease-related death for those who lived at home compared to non-opioid users, according to the study.

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