Features July 2017 Issue

How Cardiac Rehabilitation Fits in With Pulmonary Rehab

Supplemental oxygen can help prolong exercise for people in cardiac rehab.

How Cardiac Rehabilitation Fits in With Pulmonary Rehab

Breathing disorders demand their own rehabilitation program, but there is plenty of crossover for people dealing with lung and heart conditions.

Itís not uncommon for someone needing cardiac rehabilitation to simultaneously face other health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, or Parkinsonís disease. But an especially common dual challenge is dealing with heart disease and a lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that requires pulmonary rehabilitation. This presents a unique challenge to the patient and to the rehab specialists designing programs that help improve heart health and make breathing a little easier.

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