Heart Institute Encyclopedia

Physical Therapy for Heart Patients

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Physical therapy may assist in the care of infants and children with complex cardiac conditions. The physical therapist performs an evaluation to identify problem areas that may interfere with optimal motor function.

Physical therapy treatment can be initiated to promote optimal positioning and to reduce the negative effects associated with prolonged immobility and critical illness.

As the medical status stabilizes, the physical therapist advances activities to reduce debilitation and promote appropriate gross motor function.

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Conditions a Physical Therapist May Identify

Signs and Symptoms of Debilitation

Treatments to Promote Function

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Last Updated: 05/2012