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May a COPD patient benefit from rehabilitation associated with pharmacological treatment?

Jerzy Kozielski
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(5):436-439.

open access

Vol 80, No 5 (2012)
REVIEWS
Published online: 2012-08-27
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are known to be physically inactive due to exertion dyspnea. Improvement of physical capacity leads to reduction of symptoms severity, increases PFT values, decreases the number of infectious exacerbations and, generally, improves the quality of life and prognosis. Therefore rehabilitation plays a crucial role in the treatment of COPD patients. It has been demonstrated that the use of bronchodilating drugs prior to physical exertion enables rehabilitation by diminishing the shortness of breath.

Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are known to be physically inactive due to exertion dyspnea. Improvement of physical capacity leads to reduction of symptoms severity, increases PFT values, decreases the number of infectious exacerbations and, generally, improves the quality of life and prognosis. Therefore rehabilitation plays a crucial role in the treatment of COPD patients. It has been demonstrated that the use of bronchodilating drugs prior to physical exertion enables rehabilitation by diminishing the shortness of breath.
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Keywords

COPD; rehabilitation; pharmacological treatment

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Title

May a COPD patient benefit from rehabilitation associated with pharmacological treatment?

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 80, No 5 (2012)

Pages

436-439

Published online

2012-08-27

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(5):436-439.

Keywords

COPD
rehabilitation
pharmacological treatment

Authors

Jerzy Kozielski

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