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Heart and Lung: Living and Dying as One

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Heart + Lung Joint Rounds

Thursday, May 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

St. Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC in the Cullen Family Lecture Theatre
(with video link to VGH Jim Pattison Paetzold Pavilion)


JLeipsicJonathon Leipsic

Chairman, Department of Radiology, PHC
Associate Professor, UBC Department of Radiology and Division of Cardiology
Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Imaging
Vice Chairman, Research, UBC Department of Radiology


DSinDon Sin

Professor of Medicine, UBC
Head, Respiratory Division, Providence Health Care
Canada Research Chair in COPD



One in three Canadians will die from a heart or lung disease. While traditionally they have been thought of as distinct entities, in clinical practice, many patients often have both lung and heart disease, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. For example, more than a third of patients with ischemic heart disease also have co-existing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those with COPD and ischemic heart disease have 2 to 3 rates of mortality than those with either disease alone. In this presentation, we will illustrate how modern imaging modalities and molecular techniques are elucidating the complex interplay of lung and heart disease and providing new therapeutic and biomarker targets to reduce the global burden of heart and lung disease.