Exercise cuts risk of COPD flare-ups

Exercise cuts risk of COPD flare-ups

 

Exercise cuts risk of COPD flare-ups

 

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Regular physical activity can halve the risk of hospital re-admissions for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a Spanish study.

 

Researchers from the Municipal Institute of Medical Investigation in Barcelona undertook a one-year study of 340 men with COPD following their admission to one of four hospitals. The researchers collected details of each patient’s lifestyle and medical treatments.

 

During the study period, almost two-thirds of the men were readmitted to hospital on at least one occasion. Just under a third died.

 

After taking into account factors such as disease severity, exposure to passive smoking and general health status, the researchers found that routine physical activity was the most important factor in reducing the risk of hospital readmission.

 

In fact, the patients who engaged in the equivalent of one hour’s walking a day reduced their risk of a hospital readmission by almost half.

 

The researchers suggest that exercise conditions the cardiovascular system to help it cope more effectively during a COPD flare-up.

 

Commenting on the findings, researchers said, “COPD patients often suffer a long, debilitating illness, which places a heavy burden on both health and social services resources.

 

“This study shows that offering exercise and rehabilitation can improve patient care and also result in more effective use of social services resources.”

 

The respiratory disorder – characterised by permanent and gradually worsening obstruction of the airflow to and from the lungs – is expected to become the third leading cause of death and fifth leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020.

 

Originally Posted: http://www.tele-management.ca

 

 

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