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Flying increases dyspnea risk in COPD patients

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The reduced pressure in aircraft cabins significantly increases the risk of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) suffering an attack of dyspnea, according to a study.

Norwegian scientists found that COPD patients were over six times more likely to experience symptoms of hypoxia while flying than people without the condition.

The cross-sectional study involved 211 COPD patients who had travelled by air in the past two years.

The findings were published in the Respiratory Medicine journal.

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