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Can We Increase the Exercise Training Load During Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Roger S. Goldstein, MD, FCCP; Thomas E. Dolmage, MSc
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Dr. Goldstein is Director, Program in Respiratory Rehabilitation, West Park Healthcare Centre and Professor of Medicine and Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. Mr. Dolmage is Special Procedures Technologist/Research Associate, Respiratory Diagnostic & Evaluation Services, West Park Healthcare Centre.

Correspondence to: Roger S. Goldstein, MD, FCCP, Department of Respiratory Medicine, West Park Healthcare Centre, 82 Buttonwood Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada M6M 2J5; e-mail: rgoldstein@westpark.org


The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2009;135(3):596-598. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2780
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As < 15% of healthy North Americans engage in the minimum activity levels recommended to maintain health,1 clinicians should encourage exercise. For most people, the more exercise the better.13 Patients with COPD are no exception as they too will benefit, although many can only sustain low-level combinations of intensity and duration, even when well motivated. Thus, in the dose-response relationship, they only get a small dose.

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