Exercise in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Clin Chest Med. 1986 Dec;7(4):585-97.


Several important differences exist between the training responses in normal patients and those in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chief among these is the lack of cardiovascular and metabolic changes in patients with COPD. Despite this, important and significant improvements do occur in exercise endurance after exercise training programs. Experience has shown that simple forms of exercise training and testing are effective and safe.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Test
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / physiopathology
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / rehabilitation
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / therapy*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy
  • Respiration
  • Respiratory Function Tests