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Oct 23, 2015 11:18 AM EDT

Aerobic Exercise May Help Improve Asthma Symptoms

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New research suggests aerobic exercise can alleviate asthma symptoms, The Health Site reported.

Canadian researchers from Hospital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal, the Montreal Chest Institute, and Concordia University in Montréal found that exercise yielded significant improvements in asthma control.

For the study, researchers collected and analyzed data from 66 adults with confirmed asthma and poor asthma control. The study participants were randomized to receive 12 weeks of usual care or supervised aerobic exercise. The study was designed using the ORBIT framework to assess the impact of aerobic exercise on asthma control.

They found that patients in the exercise group had clinically and statistically improved asthma control, short-acting bronchodilator (SABA) usage -- nearly three times less per week -- and depressive symptoms, Zee News reported.

Based on the findings, Dr. Simon Bacon, lead researcher of the study and director of the Sacre-Coeur rehabilitation center, thinks "a 12-week structured aerobic exercise program could be considered as an adjunct to current pharmacological therapy in adult asthma patients with poor asthma control."

The findings are detailed in the journal Chest. Further results will be shared during CHEST 2015 on Tuesday, October 27, at 8:45 am at Palais des congrès de Montréal, room 513ef. The study abstract can be viewed on the CHEST website.

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