How effective is pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD?

Brian Gelbman, MD
Pulmonary Disease

Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective therapies for improving a patient's exercise capabilities with COPD. Pulmonary rehabilitation is essentially supervised exercises to improve our aerobic abilities, performed while monitoring oxygen saturation, heart rate and blood pressure.  The exercises can be as simple as walking or riding a bike. In addition, some breathing techniques may be introduced, such as pursed lip breathing to slow down the exhalation rate. This should be performed by a certified physical therapist, who will be able to track progress during the course of your rehabilitation program.


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