By Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise could help boost the survival of people who’ve left the hospital after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.
“We know that physical activity can have a positive benefit for people with COPD and these findings confirm that it may reduce the risk of dying following hospitalization,” study lead author Dr. Marilyn Moy, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release from ERJ Open Research.Her team published the findings in the journal on March 16.
COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of the two, and is often related to smoking. Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, chronic cough, wheezing and phlegm production. Over time, the condition can prove fatal.