SESSION TITLE: Airways 3
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Factors limiting exercise capacity in patients with COPD are complex. With evidence for accelerated pulmonary vascular aging, destruction of the alveolar-capillary bed, heterogeneous hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction, the ability to functionally expand the alveolar-capillary bed during exercise may become limiting. The purpose of this study was to quantify alveolar-capillary recruitment during exercise and the relationship to exercise capacity in a cohort of COPD patients.