Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy

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Cardiothoracic physiotherapists deal primarily with the function of the cardiorespiratory system. The cardiothoracic physiotherapist, often working in the acute hospital, deals with the variety of situations, some of them being:

  • Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (Emphysema, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis)
  • Following general surgery
  • General medical conditions
  • Following cardiac surgery
  • Following most types of thoracic surgery
  • Intensive Care Unit patients

The cardiothoracic physiotherapists aims to optimize the function of the cardiothoracic system and patient comfort, resulting in increased exercise tolerance, a reduced chance of developing complications such as chest infections, reduced shortness of breath, and a reduced length of stay in the hospital.

Some of the treatment techniques at the physiotherapist disposal are:

  • Breathing techniques either to reduce shortness of breath or increase lung expansion
  • Patient positioning
  • Sputum clearance with percussions, vibrations , coughing, deep breathing, , suction
  • Mobilizing, sitting out of bed, or walking
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Mechanical ventilators
  • Medications
  • Exercise programs

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