Cardiorespiratory Conditions

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 cardiovascular conditions.

Role of physiotherapy

Physiotherapists can assess, plan and implement programs to assist patients with conditions such as:
bullet asthma
bullet hypertension
bullet peripheral vascular disease
bullet angina
bullet post myocardial infarction
bullet cardiac or valve replacement surgery
bullet lung volume reduction surgery and
bullet 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.

Benefits of physiotherapy

Exercise can be tailored to patient needs, modified if necessary, and graduated according to individual responses. A physiotherapist supervised program can:
bullet assist with offsetting the deleterious effects of prolonged bed rest;
bullet gradually improve fitness;
bullet give confidence to resume regular activities;
bullet provide regular review of progress in a safe environment; and
bullet 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 programs.

References
bullet Fishman AP (1996): Pulmonary Rehabilitation. New York:Marcel Dekker Inc.
bullet Ries AL (1997): Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Joint American College of Chest Physicians/American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Evidence-Based Guidelines Chest:112, 363-396.

Finding a Physiotherapist

Would you like 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.


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