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Ventilation feedback plus exercise helps COPD patients

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Patients with COPD achieve longer exercise duration with exercise training and ventilation training, a study has found.

Ventilation training is a computerised system that allows patients to monitor the performance of their lungs.

COPD patients who took part in the study were randomly put into three groups: one with exercise and ventilation training, one with training and one with ventilation feedback alone.

In the 49 patients who completed the study, those who were in the exercise and ventilation training group could exercise for up to an hour, and 40 minutes on average.

But the best exercise duration in the exercise alone group was 48.8 minutes and average exercise duration was 31.5 minutes.

In the ventilation feedback alone group, maximum exercise time was 35.4 and average exercise duration was 16.1 minutes.

American Journal of Critical Care Medicine Online First

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