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Research Article

Portable oxygen and exercise tolerance in patients with chronic hypoxic cor pulmonale.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 09 July 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:84
  1. R J Leggett,
  2. D C Flenley


    Breathing 30% oxygen during exercise alleviated arterial hypoxaemia and reduced minute ventilation in patients with severe chronic bronchitis. A similar level of oxygen (2 or 4 litres of oxygen/minute) from nasal prongs also increased their exercise tolerance, as assessed by the distance that they could walk on the level in 12 minutes. Nevertheless, a single-blind controlled study showed that the effort of carrying their portable supply of liquid oxygen, in the Union Carbide Oxygen Walker, abolished this gain in exercise tolerance. The improvement in walking distance was restored when oxygen on exercise was provided by wheeling the oxygen walker on a light-weight shopping trolley.