Respiratory rehabilitation can be defined as long term evaluation and therapy. This definition has evolved considerably from earlier and more restrictive attempts to delineate the discipline. Currently, respiratory rehabilitation involves evaluation techniques and treatment strategies which utilize the benefits gained from exercises, but without being limited to it. Respiratory muscle training, non-invasive mechanical ventilation, bronchodilator drugs, and metabolic balance and maintenance of nutrition are just a few of the topics covered in this book. The editors have organized the text to provide an updated review of the topic and indicate many areas in need of development and exploration in the years ahead. The information provided is easily accessible to a broad spectrum of readers, including clinicians, researchers, pharmacologists, technicians and therapists.
Table of ContentsRehabilitation Programs.- 1. Old and New in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.- 2. Rationale for Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Patient Selection.- 3. The Goals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation.- 4. Economic Evaluation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.- Evaluation.- 5. Respiratory Function Tests in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.- 6. Dyspnea Scores.- 7. Exercise Limitation in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.- 8. Exercise in Chronic Obstructive Disease: Adaptation to Exercise and Practical Indices.- 9. Noninvasive Assessment of Pulmonary Arterial Pressure with Ultrasound.- Respiratory Failure.- 10. Ventilatory Failure.- 11. Metabolism and Nutrition in Rehabilitation of the Patient with Respiratory Insufficiency.- 12. The Right Heart in Precapillary Pulmonary Hypertension: Pathophysiological and Therapeutic Aspects.- 13. Dismission Criteria from Intensive Care Unit.- 14. From Intensive Care to Home Through Rehabilitation: Discharging Criteria For Patients On Partial Ventilatory Support.- 15. Home Care for Respiratory Patients: the Comprehensive Approach.- 16. Long Term Strategies for Respiratory Muscle Rest.- 17. Heart Transplantation: Gas Exchange and Cardiovascular Readjustments.- 18. Future Trends in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.