Exercise for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is progressive, debilitating, and often poses a major obstacle to regular exercise. In some cases, it precludes it entirely. COPD encompasses two general conditions, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, that cause breathing difficulties, phlegm-producing cough, shortness of breath, and other unpleasant symptoms. The cause? Typically, it’s what you might guess: cigarette smoking (although not always). And COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting approximately 16 million people. Continue reading “Exercise for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)”