Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy


  • Ellen Hillegass, EdD, PT, CCS, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Physical Therapy, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Consultant

Based on best practices prescribed in The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, 3rd Edition provides comprehensive coverage of anatomy and physiology, assessment, and aspects of the cardiopulmonary systems, with a focus on their interaction. The disablement model is used in describing the eight cardiopulmonary practice patterns. Expert author Ellen Hillegass also discusses pathophysiology, pharmacology, and interventions in the outpatient setting. Incorporating Guide language, her practical approach progresses logically from basic sciences through intervention, and emphasizes lifespan considerations.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2010
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-0381-8

Table of Contents

Section 1: Anatomy and Physiology1. Anatomy of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems2. Physiology of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary SystemsSection 2: Pathophysiology3. Ischemic Cardiovascular Conditions and Other Vascular Pathologies4. Cardiac Muscle Dysfunction and Failure5. Restrictive Lung Dysfunction6. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases7. Cardiopulmonary Implications of Specific DiseasesSection 3: Diagnostic Tests and Procedures8. Cardiovascular Diagnostic Tests and Procedures9. Electrocardiography10. Pulmonary Diagnostic Tests and ProceduresSection 4: Surgical Interventions, Monitoring, and Support11. Cardiovascular and Thoracic Interventions12. Thoracic Organ Transplantation: Heart, Heart-Lung, and Lung13. Monitoring and Life-Support EquipmentSection 5: Pharmacology14. Cardiovascular Medications15. Pulmonary MedicationsSection 6: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Intervention16. Examination and Assessment Procedures17. Interventions for Acute Cardiopulmonary Conditions18. Interventions and Prevention Measures for Individuals with Cardiovascular Disease, or Risk of Disease19. Pulmonary Rehabilitation20. Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy21. The Lymphatic System20. Outcome Measures: A Guide for the Evidence-Based Practice of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy