Cardiopulmonary disease refers to a disease of the heart and the lungs as well as the blood vessels. Cardiopulmonary disease results from pulmonary hypertension, which is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of your heart. The heart and lungs are closely linked; therefore, defects in either organ are likely to be transferred to the other. If left untreated, cardiopulmonary disease can be deadly.
Feinstein Institute researchers are focused on studying different aspects of heart and lung function in states of health and disease. Their investigations include mechanisms involved in ischemic heart disease; acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and congestive heart failure; the influence of the lung on other organ function during pneumonia and sepsis; and pulmonary arterial hypertension.