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Exercise Training in Patients With COPD : One Leg Is Better Than Two?

M. Jeffery Mador, MD
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Buffalo, NY

Correspondence to: M. Jeffery Mador, MD, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Section 111S, 3495 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215; e-mail: mador@buffalo.edu



Chest. 2008;133(2):337-339. doi:10.1378/chest.07-2381
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Patients with COPD have disabling symptoms that reduce their ability to perform activities and impairs quality of life. Unfortunately, there are no interventions that can alter the progression of COPD other than smoking cessation. Treatment of COPD focuses on improving symptoms and thus improving quality of life. Exercise training in patients with COPD has been shown to improve exercise tolerance, reduce shortness of breath, and substantially improve quality of life.1 However, exercise training in patients with COPD is challenging, and the response to training is less than can be achieved in healthy age-matched control subjects.23

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