Getting some exercise — either a lot or a little — appears to lower the risk of dying among patients with COPD following a disease-related hospitalization, according to findings from a retrospective, cohort study.

Patients who reported engaging in 150 minutes or more per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) following hospitalization for COPD had a 47% lower risk of death in the year following their hospitalization than patients who were inactive.

Those who reported engaging in some, but not as much, moderate to vigorous activity (1 to 149 minutes per week) had a 28% lower risk of dying, compared with inactive patients, according to a study published online March 16 in ERJ Open Research.