Limitation of exercise tolerance, especially activities of daily living, is the most significant clinical experience, which
greatly affects quality of life of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many advances in the
understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms of bronchial obstruction in patients with COPD and their
meanings for diagnosis and monitoring of the disease have occurred during the last two decades. The author discusses
the most significant factors, which influence tolerance of physical exercise in patients with more advanced forms
of COPD, and brings the attention to a practical test of physical capacity.
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, airflow limitation, dynamic hyperinflation, respiratory muscles,