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NPPV can enhance efficiency of pulmonary rehab in patients with COPD

American College of Chest Physicians

Shanghai (April 11, 2016)-- Patients with severe but stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can face many obstacles when it comes to exercising and staying healthy. Patients usually experience shortness of breath and a reduced ability to exercise. But, there's hope for patients with COPD with the help of non-invasive positive pressure ventilation.

In a prospective observational study of 20 subjects with severe COPD and exercise intolerance, use of noninvasive ventilation together with pulmonary rehabilitation was associated with improved measures of shortness of breath and exercise tolerance. were tested using multiple tests as well as treadmill walking exercises for a period of 16 days. Several tests were conducted, and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation held numerous benefits for patients with COPD.

"Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation can relieve shortness of breath during exercising quickly," said Dr. Boxue Han of the Second Artillery General Hospital, Beijing, China "it can also enhance efficiency of pulmonary rehabilitation in stable COPD patients."

Further study results will be shared at CHEST World Congress 2016. The study abstract can be viewed on the journal CHEST website http://bit.ly/1qB2dE3.

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CHEST World Congress 2016, a global event connecting clinicians from around the world specializing in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine will be held April 15 to 17, 2016, in Shanghai, China, with the support of the Chinese Thoracic Society.

CHEST, publisher of the journal CHEST, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 19,000 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

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