Your ability to provide your lungs, heart and circulatory system with the oxygen they need to stay physically active depends on your level of “cardiorespiratory fitness” also known as “aerobic fitness”. If your cardiorespiratory fitness is at risk, you will have difficulty breathing – which could cause coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath. Your vitality and even your sense of well-being could be affected.
Physiotherapists have the skills to manage acute or chronic respiratory or cardiovascular problems. They can help you improve the function and capacity of your cardiorespiratory system 2 .
Your physiotherapist may use respiratory and secretion clearance techniques and prescribe exercises that will help increase your strength and endurance.