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Question (02/17/2012):

Title: Breathlessness due asthma | Exercise to prevent asthma attacks | Side effects or impact of using a ventilator .

Recently I was put on ventilator for my breathlessness due asthma now I wish to know what are the exercises I can carry out to improve my respiratory muscle and also to prevent further such
attacks plus also what are the side effects or impact of using ventilator.

I am 54 years with no bad habits like smoking, drinking and pure vegetarian.



Dear Krishna,

Cardiovascular side effects, such as a drop in blood pressure or an abnormal heartbeat, can occur.

Weakened muscles and burst eardrums are also common effects.

According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group, low blood pressure affects 20 percent of patients on a ventilator.

Ten percent are affected by weakened muscles or heartbeat abnormalities, while one in seven experience a burst eardrum.

Some patients may develop an infection or pneumonia after being placed on a ventilator.

Activities that involve short, intermittent periods of exertion such as volleyball, gymnastics, baseball and wrestling are generally well tolerated by people with symptoms of asthma.

Activities that involve long periods of exertion, such as soccer, distance running, basketball, and field hockey, may be less well tolerated.

Also less well tolerated are cold weather sports such as ice hockey, cross-country skiing, and ice-skating. However, many people with asthma are able to fully participate in these activities.

Swimming, which is a strong endurance sport, is generally well tolerated by many people with asthma because it is usually performed in a warm, moist air environment. It is also an excellent activity for maintaining physical fitness.

Other beneficial activities for people with asthma include both outdoor and indoor biking, aerobics, walking, or running on a treadmill.

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