Best exercise for pulmonary fibrosis weight lifting or cardio?

Cardio. You have to be careful when exercising as you want your oxygenation to remain above 88%. I tend to tell my patients that cardio is a better exercise for them as weight lifting can be associated with big swings in your blood pressure and valsalva that could precipitate an episode of syncope"passing out". As usual, everything with moderation is better and talk to your doctor before doing exercise.
Exercise. You need both kinds of exercise. At least half hour daily of cardio and at least 3 weight sessions a week.

Related Questions

If I can exercise less and less over the past few months does that mean I have pulmonary fibrosis?

Not necessarily. A decrease in the amount of exercise you can do can be caused by decreasing lung function but could also be caused by a lot of other things. You might have decreasing cardiac function decreasing muscle strength/endurance or worsening anemia just to name a few. Blood test and scans of various types would help to sort out the cause of your decreasing exercise tolerance. Read more...
No. Pulmonary fibrosis is a very uncommon condition, but many common reasons for excercise intolerance are, for instance asthma, obesity, being out of shape, heart problems, etc. Read more...
Not necessarily... There are many possible explanations for less exercise tolerance. If you are experiencing this symptom, see your doctor for an evaluation. Exercise pulmonary testing can be done to diagnose this symptom. Read more...
Not likely. Pulmonary fibrosis is a very rare diagnosis. There are many other more common causes of reduced exercise tolerance. Read more...

What is Bronchial fibrosis? Is it the same as Pulmonary fibrosis? What is the best treatment for Bronchial fibrosis?

Bronchial fib. Bronchial fibrosis is not a widely used term. It is used to designate asthma (air hyper-reactivity). See: http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/data/Journals/CHEST/21748/45.pdf It is a distinct entity from pulmonary fibrosis and the prognosis is considerably better because asthma is very treatable with bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory drugs. Read more...

My husband is 83 and has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis - now weak, losing weight, on ox, coughs sputum. The prognosis is vague. Can you help?

Difficult. There is no known effective treatment for pulmonary fibrosis, unfortunately. Your husband can be kept comfortable with medicines that eliminate the sensation of shortness of breath, but they don't improve lung performance. It sounds like he's nearing the last stages of this dreaded disease. Read more...
Discuss with your MD. For specific prognosis should discuss with your doctor. In general pulmonary fibrosis is is progressive and slowly get worse. Unfortunately there is no cure and not even very good specific treatments, but there are trials of new drugs that some patients may be eligible for. There is still a role to treat complications like infection/ pneumonia to feel better. Talk to your md for help. Read more...

My doctor diagnosed me with pulmonary fibrosis. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

Controversial. There is no one definite treatment. One option is a combination of medicines to try to prevent inflammation and scar tissue build up. This is usually a steroid medicine, an immune suppressant called immuran and another agent called n-acetyl cysteine. Since this is not proven to work some patients may enroll in clinical studies and get experimental therapy. Still others may simply be monitored. Read more...
Which kind? The treatment depends on the tissue diagnosis for this disease - if it is ipf there is no current treatment outside of a clinical trial (n-acetyl cysteine was found to be harmful). For other subtypes there are treatments available that have been demonstrated to be effective (except for asbestos or silca induced lung disease). Read more...