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A patient is a smoker, has a poor diet, sedentary lifestyle; uses oxygen daily to relieve shortness of breath; and complains of occasional chest pains.  What disease process do you think this individual may be experiencing?  What suggestions would you give to the patient and his doctor?
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Shortness of breath can be on the basis of heart disease and/or lung disease.  The chest pain you describe sounds minimal but could still be a reflection of coronary artery disease.  My suggestions fall into two categories:  The first would be that the patient should have medical evaluation of his/her heart and lungs, to include pulmonary function testing and an exercise study.  The second is the recommendation of a change in life style, most importantly to engage in a smoking cessation program and an exercise program.

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