For patients who suffer from chronic lung diseases, have heart-related conditions, or COVID-19 survivors, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can rebuild strength and help one to live a more fulfilling life. These programs are designed to improve lung function, reduce symptom severity and improve quality of life.
What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that provides a combination of exercise training and nutrition counselling, as well as education and support to help lower the risk of having another heart event, surgery, or return to the hospital. Exercise training is of paramount importance to cardiac rehabilitation and the secondary prevention of heart diseases.
Who needs Cardiac Rehabilitation?
If you have survived a heart attack, and are starting on your journey to recovery, you will likely need cardiac rehabilitation. You will receive a personalised physiotherapy plan, along with attention and support to help you get back to activities of daily living and to doing what you love.
Evidence has also shown that cardiac rehabilitation can help you regain strength, prevent your heart condition from worsening, reduce the risk of future heart failure and live longer.
What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is necessary for those who feel breathless or an uncomfortable sensation when they breathe.
This may come about even after light activity such as walking, cleaning, or even sitting still. Such symptoms are more common with those recovering from COVID-19.
Who needs Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
When we go through prolonged periods of breathlessness, our lung’s ability to effectively perform its function decreases, leading to a worsening of the breathlessness. This will impact one’s ability to work, or carry out activities of daily living.
Patients referred for pulmonary rehabilitation can benefit through optimising techniques for secretion management, inspiratory muscle training and maximising effort tolerance to reduce the risk of future complications.
Of note, some people who have been infected with COVID-19 can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as post-COVID conditions (PCC) or long COVID.
People call post-COVID conditions by many names, including: long COVID, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC), long-term effects of COVID, and chronic COVID.
Post-COVID conditions can include a wide range of ongoing health problems; these conditions can last weeks, months, or years.
Post-COVID conditions are found more often in people who had severe COVID-19 illness, but anyone who has been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience post-COVID conditions, even people who had mild illness or no symptoms from COVID-19.
What can I expect at my sessions?
Our physiotherapists first start with an assessment on the needs of the patient. Thereafter, we will chart the treatment plan with the patient and their loved ones, and provide caregiver training to ensure consistency in standards and safety in the patient’s care.
At Thrive Healthcare, our physiotherapists can visit you at your home, providing safe and convenient home therapy for patients with difficulty leaving the home. With home physiotherapy, we can help you to optimize the home environment, to help you to learn how to continue to perform activities of daily living in a familiar environment.