COPD affects 10.2% of individuals aged 40–80 years and is the fourth leading cause of death. It’s a progressive disease that worsens the airflow limitation to the lungs. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is training or an exercise that is given to patients suffering from COPD
, it has been useful to increase the capacity and life quality in patients.
Goals and Benefits of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
- It is a multidisciplinary, patient-centered intervention that includes patient assessment, exercise training, self-management education, and psychosocial support.
- It reduces the feeling of dyspnea with movement.
- This helps to strengthen the patient’s heart which becomes more efficient at pumping oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body.
- It helps to keep up the strength. A key part of pulmonary rehabilitation is using light weights is, it helps to maintain muscle strength.
- Cough and sputum production are key symptoms of COPD. Therefore clearing of airways from secretions is an important step before performing exercises.
- This practice reduces hospitalizations.
- Nutritional Counselling
What else can be done other than Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
- During pulmonary rehabilitation, one could learn about support systems and nutritional information.
- Also, a COPD patient can learn exercises that you can do at home to continue your progress through self-management.