4 Tips To Help Patients Suffering From Respiratory Or Cardiovascular Diseases Improve Their Quality Of Life

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Respiratory disease refers to disorders affecting the lungs and their ability to take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. Common respiratory diseases include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia.
Cardiovascular disease refers to the narrowing or blocking of the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart) causing cardiac or heart disease. This causes the heart to not pump as well and can lead to heart failure or a heart attack. Cardiac disease is a leading cause of death in Canada; approximately 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

If you are suffering from a respiratory or cardiovascular disease your physiotherapist can work with you to improve your quality of life through an individualized exercise and therapy plan. And by following the Physio-4 for Respiratory & Cardiovascular Health, patients with these conditions can improve their quality of life and keep moving for life.

  1. Manage your condition/disease. Understanding the limitations and prognosis of your condition or disease can help to improve your symptoms and slow the progression. Respiratory and cardiovascular rehab programs are available through many hospitals or community centers. Patients with a wide range of respiratory conditions and patients who have suffered a heart attack can attend these supportive group classes, while getting back on track to health with one-to-one advice from their physiotherapist.
  1. Keep active. Keeping an active lifestyle will help maintain or improve your respiratory and cardiovascular health, making you less fatigued and can help you to live longer. If you have had surgery, walking is an important component of all post-surgical interventions. Work with your physiotherapist to develop an exercise program that suits your lifestyle and is appropriate for your health.
  1. Breathe easier. We take the ability to breathe for granted, until it is no longer easy to take a deep breath. For those with respiratory or cardiovascular disease (e.g. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)), or who have had surgery, lung function can become compromised. Your physiotherapist will teach you breathing techniques and exercises to promote optimal lung function and can perform manual techniques to assist with breathing and circulation to help control many of the symptoms of respiratory disease.
  1. Quit smoking and improve nutrition. Physiotherapists promote health in all aspects of life. Quitting smoking, and eating better more nutritional foods can slow and sometimes reverse the symptoms of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. Ask your physiotherapist to direct you to resources that can help you change your health habits.

Physiotherapists are university-educated rehabilitation specialists who work with patients of all ages to diagnose and treat virtually any mobility issue. Physiotherapists provide care for orthopedic issues such as sport and workplace injuries, as well as cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions. As Canada’s most physically active health professionals, BC’s physiotherapists know how to keep British Columbians moving for life.  To find out more, or to book a home physiotherapy visit, Contact Chipperfield Physiotherapy.



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