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What results can you expect from pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD?

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Most people who finish a pulmonary rehab course feel better at the end. You’re usually able to do more things without becoming short of breath.

Nearly all people in some programs that were studied saw their symptoms get better. Almost all of them reported feeling:

Being in rehab may help prevent you from going to the hospital because of COPD exacerbations. For people who keep up their exercise level, the benefits from pulmonary rehab can last for years.

  • Less short of breath
  • More energetic
  • More in control of their COPD

SOURCES: COPD Foundation: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

National Jewish Health: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?”

Chest : "Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Joint ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines."

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “ American Thoracic Society/European respiratory Society statement on pulmonary rehabilitation.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 04, 2019

SOURCES: COPD Foundation: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

National Jewish Health: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?”

Chest : "Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Joint ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines."

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “ American Thoracic Society/European respiratory Society statement on pulmonary rehabilitation.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 04, 2019

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