Juhariyah S, Djajalaksana S, Sartono TR, Ridwan M. J Respir Indones. 2012;32(1):17-24.
Introduction: Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can affect daily activities and quality of life of sufferers. As with other chronic lung diseases, this state allows performed pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Methods: A total of thirty-four patients with persistent moderate asthma bronkiale divided grouped into two. Eighteen patients of control group, was given medical treatment according to severity of asthma. Sixteen patients of treatment group, was given medical treatment according to severity of asthma and physical exercise and breathing exercises. Physical exercises and breathing exercises are performed for 30 minutes each exercise, carried out 5 times a week 4 times done at home, ones time performed in the installation of medical rehabilitation RSSA. Total exercise carried out for 8 weeks. In both groups measured functional status (FEV1, PEF, PEF daily variability (DV), 6MWT), immunological status (number of eosinophils in peripheral blood) Quality of life (AQLQ (S)) at the beginning and end of the study, the results were compared between the control and treatment groups.
Results: The treatment group contained a significant improvement to the value of daily variability PEF (p = 0.003) and Quality of life (AQLQ (S)) component of symptoms, however there were no statistically significant differences in other parameters.
Conclusion: Our study showed Physical exercise and breathing exercises in patients with moderate-severe persistent asthma effectively to improve the functional status especially PEF DV, and quality of life, especially the component symptoms.
Keyword: asthma, pulmonary rehabilitation, breathing exercise, physical exercise