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Dyspnea multidisciplinary approach

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Louis Laviolette, Pierantonio Laveneziana
Dyspnoea is a debilitating symptom that affects quality of life, exercise tolerance and mortality in various disease conditions/states. In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it has been shown to be a better predictor of mortality than forced expiratory volume in 1 s. In patients with heart disease it is a better predictor of mortality than angina. Dyspnoea is also associated with decreased functional status and worse psychological health in older individuals living at home. It also contributes to the low adherence to exercise training programmes in sedentary adults and in COPD patients...
June 2014: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
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