Cardiovascular inactivity is a major risk
factor for coronary artery disease. It is now widely recognised that
appropriate exercise can be an effective disease prevention strategy
and is integral to the management of patients with a variety of
Physiotherapists can assess, plan and implement
programs to assist patients with conditions such as:
peripheral vascular disease
post myocardial infarction
cardiac or valve replacement surgery
lung volume reduction surgery and
chronic lung diseases
In cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and in many
other post-operative conditions, physiotherapists play a key role in
enabling patients to successfully manage their own recovery process.
Physiotherapists also play a key role in maximising the patient's
functional ability and overall quality of life.
Exercise can be tailored to patient needs,
modified if necessary, and graduated according to individual
responses. A physiotherapist supervised program can:
assist with offsetting the deleterious effects of
prolonged bed rest;
gradually improve fitness;
give confidence to resume regular activities;
provide regular review of progress in a safe
promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Physiotherapy plays a vital role in rehabilitation after
cardiac surgery. Physiotherapy programs are designed to educate
patients and their relatives on lifestyle changes necessary to
achieve optimal post operative recovery and minimise the risk of
relapse. Patients who have undergone cardiac surgery are frequently
apprehensive about resuming activities which previously caused them
pain or breathlessness.
Providing a forum where patients can
confidently resume activity under expert physiotherapist supervision
is an important goal of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
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Finding a Physiotherapist
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the names of physiotherapists who have a special interest in
Cardiorespiratory conditions? This falls under the category of
cardiothoracicCall us on (03) 9527 7532 or contact us here.
By courtesy of the Australian Physiotherapy Association