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BACKGROUND Acute exacerbations (AEs) have a negative impact on various aspects of the progression of COPD, but objective and detailed data on the impact of hospitalizations for an AE on physical activity are not available. Objective and measurements: We aimed to investigate physical activity using an activity monitor (DynaPort; McRoberts; the Hague, the(More)
Accurate assessment of the amount and intensity of physical activity in daily life is considered very important due to the close relationship between physical activity level, health, disability and mortality. For this reason, assessment of physical activity in daily life has gained interest in recent years, especially in sedentary populations, such as(More)
Exercise training is an essential component of pulmonary rehabilitation. However, the cardiopulmonary stress imposed during different modalities of exercise training is not yet known. In the present study, the cardiopulmonary stress of a 12-week exercise training programme in 11 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients (forced expiratory volume(More)
BACKGROUND It is important to include large sample sizes and different factors that influence the six-minute walking distance (6MWD) in order to propose reference equations for the six-minute walking test (6 MWT). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the influence of anthropometric, demographic, and physiologic variables on the 6 MWD of healthy subjects from different(More)
BACKGROUND A more profound investigation of respiratory muscle strength during COPD exacerbation was needed, so we investigated respiratory muscle strength and related factors in patients with COPD during and after hospitalization for COPD exacerbation. METHODS In 19 subjects hospitalized for COPD exacerbation (12 males, mean age 67 ± 11 y, median(More)
Does the BODE index reflect the level of physical activity in daily life in patients with COPD? Does the BODE index refl ect the level of physical activity in daily life in patients with COPD? Abstract Objectives: To study the relationship between the level of physical activity in daily life and disease severity assessed by the BODE index in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To verify whether 30 minutes of rest between two incremental shuttle walking tests (ISWT) are enough for cardiovascular variables and perceived exertion to return to baseline values in healthy subjects in a broad age range. METHOD The maximal exercise capacity of 334 apparently healthy subjects (age ≥ 18) was evaluated using the ISWT. The test(More)
INTRODUCTION Spirometry should follow strict quality criteria. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) recommends the use of a noseclip; however there are controversies about its need. ATS also indicates that tests should be done in the sitting position, but there are no recommendations neither about position of the upper limbs and lower limbs nor about who(More)
[Purpose] This study aimed to assess the exercise capacity and muscle strength in elderly people using drugs for angiotensin-II blockage. [Subjects and Methods] Four hundred and seven older adults were recruited for this study. Data about comorbidities and medication use were recorded and the individuals were divided into three groups: control group-(More)
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