Breathing and Walking Coupling Variability in COPD
Providing Insight into Temporal Variations
Why is studying COPD important?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. By the year 2020, it will be the 5th leading cause of death worldwide.
Most people do not know they have COPD until the disease effects their ability to participate in their daily activities or is leading to a deterioration in their quality of life. Early detection of COPD exacerbations is vital for disease management.
In addition, the majority of health care costs associated with COPD is treating exacerbations, or disease worsening. However, early detection of an exacerbation is not currently possible as there is an absence of an objective measure to detect an exacerbation.
The research is currently conducting focuses on harnessing the coupling, or mutual exchange of information, between breathing and walking rhythms in order provide a unique and novel diagnostic tool for exacerbations.
Who Can Participate
Whether or not you have COPD, you may be eligible to participate. We are looking for individuals aged 45-80 years old.
What You Will Do
You will be asked to walk on a treadmill, at a speed that you select, for six minutes. While walking on the treadmill, your movements as well as the amount of oxygen you are using will be measured. You will then be asked to rest. After your rest, you’ll be asked to walk again, two more times, at a speed that is slightly faster or slightly slower than the speed you originally chose to walk.
Research Team Members
Will Denton, MS - Laboratory Technician
Farah Fallah Tafti, MS - Doctoral Student
Kyle Doerr - Undergraduate Student