The use of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) combined with pulmonary rehabilitation was associated with improved measures in breath and exercise tolerance in COPD patients.
In a prospective observational study of 20 subjects with severe COPD and exercise intolerance, use of noninvasive ventilation together with pulmonary rehabilitation was associated with improved measures of shortness of breath and exercise tolerance. were tested using multiple tests as well as treadmill walking exercises for a period of 16 days. Several tests were conducted, and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation held numerous benefits for patients with COPD.
“Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation can relieve shortness of breath during exercising quickly,” said Dr Boxue Han of the Second Artillery General Hospital, Beijing, China “it can also enhance efficiency of pulmonary rehabilitation in stable COPD patients.”