Evaluación de la actividad física en pacientes con enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica

Translated title of the contribution: Tools for physical activity assessment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Rodrigo Torres-Castro, Cristian Céspedes, Jordi Vilaró, Roberto Vera-Uribe, Marcelo Cano-Cappellacci, Diego Vargas

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The prevalence and mortality of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is increasing in Chile, constituting a public health problem. Pulmonary and systemic consequences of COPD affect physical activity, as the disease progresses. There are multiple means for physical activity assessment, from low cost and easily applicable questionnaires to sophisticated laboratory tests. Physical inactivity is a modifiable risk factor for morbidity and mortality in patients with COPD. Physical activity interventions not only contribute to decrease the likelihood of mortality, but also protect from comorbidities, especially cardiovascular ones. It also plays a major role avoiding functional limitations of these subjects. Dyspnea and fatigue render exercise as an unpleasant activity for most patients with COPD. If psychological alterations such as anxiety and depression are summed, these patients drift towards an inactive lifestyle. This article analyzes several tools available to assess physical activity is patients with COPD, useful in clinical practice.

Translated title of the contributionTools for physical activity assessment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1588-1596
Number of pages9
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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