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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 of COPD management and can lead to multiple physiological and clinically relevant adaptations and improvements in COPD. 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 in the muscle, so we still need to learn which type of exercise is suitable for which patient,” he commented. It is clear though, that exercise training has a place in COPD management as it is highly important for this patient population. “It is the cornerstone of COPD management (in stable COPD),” Prof. Nyberg stated. “It is effective independent of stable/unstable COPD, GOLD stage, and degree of...

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