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Struggling With COPD? Best to Stick With Your Pulmonary Rehab

COPDIf you have moderate or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you know it puts limits on what you’re able to do.

Your doctor may recommend that you attend a pulmonary rehabilitation program. It’s challenging, but it’s worth it. You’ll feel better and it will make your life easier in the long run if you stick with it.

Rehab programs aim to help you improve your health while learning better ways to manage your condition. The team will show you exercises that work well for you and will encourage other positive lifestyle changes.

You well know the troublesome symptoms of COPD — shortness of breath, chronic cough, fatigue, wheezing and chest tightness. Your rehab will focus on breathing exercises, cardio and resistance training to help control these symptoms.

Pulmonologist Umur Hatipoglu, MD, says doctors typically suggest from eight to 12 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation. He finds that a 12-week program works best. And, you should attend two to three times a week, he says.

Benefits of pulmonary rehab