Chronic Diseases

Block estrogen to treat lung disease

The strongest epidemiological risk factor for many forms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is female gender. Increased estrogen makes females three times more likely to develop PAH, a chronic disease that eventually ...

Aug 18, 2017
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A chronic disease is a disease or other human health condition that is persistent or long-lasting in nature. The term chronic is usually applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic diseases include asthma, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

In medicine, the opposite of chronic is acute. A chronic course is further distinguished from a recurrent course; recurrent diseases relapse repeatedly, with periods of remission in between.

While often referred to as "non-communicable diseases", also usually lasting medical conditions, the latter are distinguished by their non-infectious cause. In contrast, some chronic diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, are caused by transmissible infections.

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