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Does pulmonary rehabilitation prolong life in people with copd?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: It may

The data on longevity are weaker than the data supporting increased quality of life, fewer hospitalizations, and overall happiness.

In brief: It may

The data on longevity are weaker than the data supporting increased quality of life, fewer hospitalizations, and overall happiness.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary rehab is the single most successful intervention that increases overall well being. It does not appear to add years to the life of a patient with COPD but the quality of their life is dramatically improved.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really...

The only thing proven to impact mortality rates in COPD is oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low.
But, pulmonary rehab will definitely help with symptom control and quality of life so it is definitely worth pursuing.

In brief: Not really...

The only thing proven to impact mortality rates in COPD is oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low.
But, pulmonary rehab will definitely help with symptom control and quality of life so it is definitely worth pursuing.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Asaf Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hasn't been shown to

Pulm rehab is very good at improving functional capacity in people with COPD (important) but has never been shown to prolong life.
Few therapies will - quitting smoking, providing oxygen for select patients with demonstrated low oxygenation, lung reduction surgery in a very small proportion of patients, and lung transplant.

In brief: Hasn't been shown to

Pulm rehab is very good at improving functional capacity in people with COPD (important) but has never been shown to prolong life.
Few therapies will - quitting smoking, providing oxygen for select patients with demonstrated low oxygenation, lung reduction surgery in a very small proportion of patients, and lung transplant.
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