Drs. Barry Make, Richard Casaburi, and Bruce Bender continue their roundtable discussions about COPD; this time they talk about what happens when a COPD patient reduces physical activity levels. They explain that the activity level in everyday life is the best predictor of outcomes in patients with COPD, such as whether a patient will be hospitalized or even die. The prediction power of activity level is even better than the patient’s fitness level or even lung function. So increasing physical activity is the key component of managing COPD symptoms.
The above is one of a series of four videos about COPD funded by AstraZeneca. See last week’s posted video about the benefits and challenges of physical activity and check back in future weeks for posts featuring the remaining videos in the series.