REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 224-226

Effects of obesity on respiratory mechanics at rest and during exercise


Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Amr Shoukri
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo 11566
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1687-8426.165884

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Obesity is a major health problem worldwide. The prevalence of obesity is increasing and its association with multiple comorbidities is now firmly established. It is considered as an independent risk factor for reduced survival. Obesity directly affects respiratory mechanics at rest and during exercise. Obese individuals usually show changes in certain lung volumes, respiratory compliance and ventilatory behaviour. Dyspnoea is the limiting symptom usually experienced by these individuals.


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