Revista Ciencias de la Salud
Print version ISSN 1692-7273
We report the case of a 59 year old male with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to cigarette smoking. At the clinical evaluation he presented deficit in his aerobic capabilities, in his muscular performance, in ventilation and gas exchange with variation in lung volume causing functional limitation and restriction in his daily activities. It was designed a therapeutic plan of physical training in order to increase strength and endurance in extremities, training of respiratory muscles and also Individual education and grupal program regarding knowledge and management of his illness along with psychological support. The results of this program showed improvement in his health condition and lessening his functional limitations.
Keywords : COPD; pulmonary rehabilitation; quality of life.