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Tailored exercise needed for COPD patients

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Prof. Andre Nyberg, Umea University, Sweden
NLC 2022
Exercise training is a key component in COPD management and can lead to multiple physiological and clinically relevant adaptations and improvements. Different exercise modalities are (likely) needed to manage the disease as it is clear that one-size-does-not-fit-all when it comes to COPD management. Prof. Andre Nyberg (Umea University, Sweden) discussed various aspects of exercise training for patients with COPD. He stated that low muscle mass in patients with COPD holds a 4-fold increase in mortality risk [1]. “However, we do not really know what happens within the muscle tissue, so we still need to learn which type of exercise is suitable for which patient,” he commented. “It is clear though, that exercise training is a cornerstone of COPD management,” Prof. Nyberg stated. “Exercise is effective independent of the GOLD stage, symptom severity, or disease control.” Referring to the type of exercise, aerobic and resistance training are very effective [2]. ...

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