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Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017

17 ADVANCE FOR RESPIRATORY CARE & SLEEP MEDICINE VAEs JANUARY 2017 FOR PULMONARY HEALTH when they’re active, which leads to a vicious cycle where they become less active and worsen their overall performance,” Kane added. BATTLING SICKNESS Not only does the grating weather make it harder for respiratory-compromised patients to breathe and function well, but during winter they also need to worry about the spreading of viruses that, if contracted, can inhibit their ability to stay active and maintain their conditioning. “The first step is to make sure every patient gets a flu shot,” Kane said. “Beyond the flu, though, there are a number of respiratory viruses that can cause exacerbation. They end up needing to go to the doctor more often or even get hospitalized, and they become more deconditioned. Being able to keep up with pulmonary rehab is crucial for patients during the winter months and may be even more critical because it’s the portion of the year when they’re most at risk for a flare-up.” “People with respiratory issues are especially vulnerable to common colds, the flu, pneumonia and other respiratory ailments, further impairing their ability to be active and their level of conditioning,” Greenspan concurred. “As they recover from their acute illness and try to return to daily activities, their symptoms are often heightened A lot of times we get the idea that a patient is too healthy for rehab or too sick for rehab; patients need to be taught about their disease and how to manage its associated manifestations.” — Noah Greenspan, DPT, CCS, EMT-B, cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist and program director, Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, New York City CREDIT: COURTESY PULMONARY WELLNESS & REHABILITATION CENTER


Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017
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