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A 72-year-old male asked:

how long after a copd exacerbation can i start with rehab? thanks.

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Dr. William Galli
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Yes.: The sooner the better. You may not be able to do all you want but you will in the next 6 wks. Your fev1 declines following an exacerbation. This may take 90 days to reach your previous level. Excersise will not change this but you will feel better and not loose any gains you had before you were sick. Make sure its an all inclusive program.

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