The Pros And Cons Of Physical Therapy

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Congestive Heart Failure is a complex progressive syndrome in which the cardiac pump function is impaired resulting in inadequate systemic perfusion and an inability to meet the body’s metabolic demands. does not meet the metabolic needs of tissues. Heart failure can be described structurally or functionally; left-sided or right-sided heart failure, systolic or diastolic dysfunction. This disorder affects approximately 5.8 million Americans and can be costly, disabling, as well as fatal. Exercise interventions provided by a skilled clinician such as a Physical Therapist have been proven to help patients with CHF by improving their quality of life and physical capacity. Cabrera and Schub stated,“The American Heart Association estimates that…show more content…
Physical Therapist are experts in rehabilitation, but they also should be educating individuals on how to improve their overall health to help prevent diseases and avoid unnecessary health care services. The APTA states, “The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) advocates for prevention, wellness, fitness, health promotion, and management of disease and disability (p.1).” The Physical Therapy profession has done numerous studies on exercise and congestive heart failure and has found that it greatly benefits these patients as long as we are monitoring carefully. The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, and Canadian Cardiovascular Society advise medically stable HF patients engage in aerobic and resistance training. Patients that have participated in a rehabilitation program have shown significant improvements in quality of life and functional capacity. The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation guidelines support the beneficial effect of exercise training on exercise tolerance for patients with heart disease (physical rehab book, p. 561). Babu et al states, “The European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation has recommended that in-patient rehabilitation should begin as soon as possible after hospital admission (p.

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