Enhancing Exercise Tolerance in Patients with Lung Disease

  • Richard Casaburi


There is little question that the most disabling symptom of chronic pulmonary disease is exercise intolerance. The patient often becomes homebound, isolated and depressed out of fear of experiencing the dyspnea that exertion brings. The sedentary lifestyle these patients adopt only serves to make the situation worse. The inactive muscles atrophy, which increases the energetic cost of activity and, in fact, may increase dyspnea on exertion.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exercise Training Blood Lactate Lactic Acidosis Exercise Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Casaburi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and MedicineHarbor-UCLA Medical CenterTorranceUSA

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