Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with COPD

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with COPD
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.